Opposition boycotts meeting of CEC, called by new chief

The new head of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Kreshnik Radoniqi, called representatives of political parties to an informal meeting today to which only those of the Vetevendosje Movement (LVV) and the Serbian List (SL) responded positively to the invitation.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), and the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) boycotted the meeting.

PDK’s representative Arianit Elshani said the absence was in the sign of protest to President Vjosa Osmani’s decision to dismiss Valdete Daka from the post and name Radoniqi as her successor. “President of Kosovo, without facts and politically motivated, decided to sack the head of the CEC and appoint a new acting chief. This decision threatens the process of local elections this year. I, therefore, urge the politics and political agendas of the LVV to keep their hands away from the institutional independence of the CEC.”

LDK’s representative Florian Dushi justified his absence saying he received the invitation late while AAK’s Ibrahim Selmanaj said he was in Decan today as the municipality marks the anniversary of liberation.