Kosovar police have prevented the entry of a Serbian election official and have returned two trucks full of ballots in full tension as Serbia celebrated a constitutional referendum in which the Kosovar Serb population is currently facing enormous difficulties in casting their ballots.
Serbs are called on Sunday to comment on a consultation that, if it comes to fruition, will include amending the constitution to ward off the specter of meddling in judicial institutions so that judges and prosecutors will be elected by their own union.
More than six million people are being called to the polls in a referendum that may be crucial to Serbia’s aspirations within the European Union, but Kosovo, an ancient republic that unilaterally split in 2008 and has refused any cooperation on the initiative, is back shook at the pulse of time .
The European Union and the United States have asked the Kosovar authorities to allow Serbian citizens to take part in Sunday’s constitutional referendum, a hypothesis that the Kosovar authorities have ruled out again this Friday.
President Vjosa Osmani, Prime Minister Alin Kurti and Parliament Speaker Glauk Konjufca have reiterated their opposition to international allies.
Both the person responsible and the trucks were arrested at the Merdare border, while the ballot papers were confiscated, director of the Office for Relations with Serbs in Kosovo, Petar Petkovic, told state television RTS.
In principle, more than 100,000 Kosovar Serbs can vote, but the Kosovar authorities have indicated that they can only cast a “postal ballot” or vote at the liaison office in Pristina. Serbia wanted to set up polling stations in northern Kosovo, where Kosovar Serbs live.
The Kosovan authorities believe that opening electoral colleges for use on Kosovar territory would constitute a violation of national sovereignty and the constitution, as Kosovo claims to be an independent state.