CEC and EU sign a Memorandum of Understanding for observation of Local Elections of 22nd of October

The Central Election Commission and the European Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding on observation of Local Election which will take place on October 22, 2017.

On behalf of the CEC, signed the President of CEC, Valdete Daka, while on behalf of the EU, the Head of the EU Office/EU Special Representative in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova.

At the beginning of her speech, President Daka said that for the Central Election Commission election observation is one of the essential parts of an election process and that the signing of this Memorandum is an expression of the commitment of this institution to advance the electoral process in Kosovo.

“As always, the European Union Observation Mission is welcomed in Kosovo. This mission was also present in the June 11th Elections and the CEC has seriously addressed the preliminary recommendations of this mission, for which it has drafted an Action Plan for their implementation”, said Daka. She called the media, certified political entities, local and international organizations in the field of elections and foreign country representatives - to submit to CEC their requests for accreditation as election observers.

Head of EU Office /EU Special Representative, Nataliya Apostolova, said she is pleased that the EU will send an observation mission to these local elections, which confirms the EU's commitment to Kosovo and its democratic development.

"Let me remind you of the words of High Representative Federica Mogherini, who reminded us this Monday in Bled that any of our partners in the region, including Kosovo, has a prospect for the European Union. Kosovo people want and deserve the same opportunities, defenses and rights as all other citizens of our continent. Therefore, when we invite Kosovo policy makers to focus on reforms, issues of importance to people and their daily lives, you need to know that we do this because we want Kosovo to succeed. Conducting elections pursuant to international standards is an important contribution to achieving this goal."