·         At the polling centre 0112C at "Rexhep Kadrijaj" school in Rastavica village, municipality of Deçan, the polling station 02D was closed after the stamps for stamping the ballots were taken. (Time of reporting: 7:35 a.m.).

·         At the polling centre 0105C at "Bajram Curri" school in municipality of Deçan, polling stations 03R, 04R and 05D were not open due to lack of stamps for stamping the ballots.

·         At polling centre 0101X at "Lidhja e Prizrenit" school in municipality of Deçan, the polling station 04 R was not opened due to the lack of election material. (Time of reporting: 8:00 a.m.). At the same school, at the polling station 05 R was opened at 7:00 a.m., it was closed after 10 minutes, due to the lack of stamp. (Time of reporting: 8:06 a.m.).

·         At the polling centre 0114C at "Dëshmorët e Kombit" school in municipality of Deçan, the polling station 02R was opened at 7:00 a.m. but it was closed due to lack of the stamp.

·         At the polling centre 0108C at "Isa Boletini" school in municipality of Deçan, the polling station 03R was opened at 7:03 a.m. but it was closed immediately since there was a problem with the stamp for stamping the ballots. The polling station in question was opened again after 8:07 a.m. In the same polling centre, the polling station 04 R was closed from 7:10 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. due to problems with the stamp, while the polling station 05D remained closed from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. for the same reason, lack of stamp.

·         At the polling centre 0102C, the polling station 01R at "Sylë Alaj" school in municipality of Deçan was opened on time but was closed due to problems with the stamp (the stamp was wrong) (Time of reporting: 8:14 a.m.). Also the polling station 02R at the same polling centre was closed after 15 minutes since the stamp was lacking. For the same reason, the polling station 03R remained closed from 7:05 a.m. to 8:20 a.m., when it was re-opened. The polling station 05R at the same polling centre was closed from the beginning of the voting process until 8:00 a.m. due to the lack of stamp.

·         At the polling centre 0110C, the polling station 01R at "Lan Selimi" elementary school in the municipality of Deçan was closed from 7:08 a.m. to 8:24 due to the lack of stamps. The polling station was then opened.

·         At the polling centre 0106C, the polling station 03D at "Avni Rustemi" school in municipality of Deçan was opened at 7:00 a.m. but was closed at 7:50 a.m. because somebody took the stamp. There are no reports on who took it.

·         At the polling centre 0103C, the polling station 03R at "Drita" school in municipality of Deçan was closed from 7:10 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. due to problems with the stamp.

 

·         At the polling centre 0102C, the polling station 06D at "Sylë Alaj" school in municipality of Deçan was opened at 7:10 a.m. due to problems with the stamp.

·         At the polling centre 0101X, the polling station 02 R at "Lidhja e Prizrenit" school in municipality of Deçan was not opened due to the lack of stamps and poll book until 8:30 a.m. At the same school, the polling station 01 R was closed at 7:10 a.m. and was re-opened at 8:20 a.m., while the reason for closure was the lack of the stamp.

Problems with the Poll Book

·         At the polling centre 1706C, the polling station 09R at "7 Shtatori" school in municipality of Prizren lacks the book of the polling station chairperson (the poll book).

·         At the polling centre 1116B, the polling station 01R at "Elena Gjika" school in municipality of South Mitrovica lacks the book of the polling station chairperson (the poll book).

Other

·         At the polling centre 3804B, the polling station 01D at "Sveti Sava" school in Suhodoll i Epërm village in municipality of North Mitrovica was not open at all due to the lack of election materials. (Time of reporting: 7:45 a.m.).

·         At the polling centre 1915E, the polling station 06R at "Iliria" school in Prishtina lacks sufficient ballots.

·         At the polling centre 1802X at "Naim Frashëri" school in municipality of Podujeva, although the polling station 03R was opened on time, the closing tapes in the ballot box were not set until 7:43 a.m. The reasoning was that the commissioners forgot to set it.

 

Accessibility of persons with disabilities to voting

 

It is reported that 37% of polling stations did not provide access for people with disabilities.

Integrity and security of the voting process

The presence of unauthorized persons was observed in 0.81% of the polling stations in the following municipalities: Deçan (1), Ferizaj (2), Prizren (2), Fushë Kosova (1), Gjakova (1), Gjilan (1), Istog, Peja (1), Prishtina (1), Mitrovica (3), Rahovec (3).

At the polling centre 2046A in “Shtjefën Gjeqovi” school, an unauthorized person continued to stay at the polling station 10D.

At the polling centre 2004A, in the polling station 03R at the "Motrat Qiriazi" school in municipality of Prizren, a person attempted to vote on behalf of the deceased person while the polling station chairperson cancelled it as invalid.

The presence of women commissioners is at 29.24%.

 

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DiA observers will observe the electoral process throughout the day until the end of the counting process. Field information will be available to the public in real time.

 

 

DiA calls on all commissioners, political party observers and all other participants in the electoral process to be committed to meeting their obligations to guarantee free and fair elections. DiA reminds everyone that any violation during the voting day, the counting process and generally during the entire electoral process is punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment.

 

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Democracy in Action (DiA) is the largest local coalition of Kosovo's non-governmental organizations for election observation. This coalition has been monitoring all election processes since 2007. For the municipal elections of 22 October, DiA has accredited about 3,000 observers, while 100 mobile teams, 150 volunteers in the Call Centre and dozens of additional staff have been assigned as support to this contingent.

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Democracy in Action is monitoring the electoral process with the presence of its observers in all 2505 polling stations throughout the territory of Kosovo.

 

Opening of polling stations

 

There are 2505 polling stations in the entire territory of the Republic of Kosovo. According to field data, 5.9% of polling stations were opened late.

 

Presence of propaganda material

 

DiA observers reported on the presence of political party propaganda material within the 100 m diameter of the Polling Centre. This phenomenon, sanctioned by Article 85 of the Law on General Elections (LGE), has been observed in 3.67% of PCs at the country level.

 

Availability of election material

 

It is reported from the field that 2.4% of polling stations at the country level lacked election materials.

 

Lack of stamps:

·         At the polling centre 0101 C, polling station 01R, at "Vëllezërit Frashëri" school in municipality of Deçan, the deputy principal of the school took the stamp for stamping the ballots at 7:20 a.m. and has not yet returned it (Time of reporting: 7:45 a.m. ).

·         At the polling centre 0112C at "Rexhep Kadrijaj" school in Rastavica village, municipality of Deçan, the polling station 02D was closed after the stamps for stamping the ballots were taken. (Time of reporting: 7:35 a.m.).

·         At the polling centre 0105C at "Bajram Curri" school in municipality of Deçan, polling stations 03R, 04R and 05D were not open due to lack of stamps for stamping the ballots.

·         At polling centre 0101X at "Lidhja e Prizrenit" school in municipality of Deçan, the polling station 04 R was not opened due to the lack of election material. (Time of reporting: 8:00 a.m.). At the same school, at the polling station 05 R was opened at 7:00 a.m., it was closed after 10 minutes, due to the lack of stamp. (Time of reporting: 8:06 a.m.).

·         At the polling centre 0114C at "Dëshmorët e Kombit" school in municipality of Deçan, the polling station 02R was opened at 7:00 a.m. but it was closed due to lack of the stamp.

·         At the polling centre 0108C at "Isa Boletini" school in municipality of Deçan, the polling station 03R was opened at 7:03 a.m. but it was closed immediately since there was a problem with the stamp for stamping the ballots. The polling station in question was opened again after 8:07 a.m. In the same polling centre, the polling station 04 R was closed from 7:10 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. due to problems with the stamp, while the polling station 05D remained closed from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. for the same reason, lack of stamp.

·         At the polling centre 0102C, the polling station 01R at "Sylë Alaj" school in municipality of Deçan was opened on time but was closed due to problems with the stamp (the stamp was wrong) (Time of reporting: 8:14 a.m.). Also the polling station 02R at the same polling centre was closed after 15 minutes since the stamp was lacking. For the same reason, the polling station 03R remained closed from 7:05 a.m. to 8:20 a.m., when it was re-opened. The polling station 05R at the same polling centre was closed from the beginning of the voting process until 8:00 a.m. due to the lack of stamp.

·         At the polling centre 0110C, the polling station 01R at "Lan Selimi" elementary school in the municipality of Deçan was closed from 7:08 a.m. to 8:24 due to the lack of stamps. The polling station was then opened.

·         At the polling centre 0106C, the polling station 03D at "Avni Rustemi" school in municipality of Deçan was opened at 7:00 a.m. but was closed at 7:50 a.m. because somebody took the stamp. There are no reports on who took it.

·         At the polling centre 0103C, the polling station 03R at "Drita" school in municipality of Deçan was closed from 7:10 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. due to problems with the stamp.

 

·         At the polling centre 0102C, the polling station 06D at "Sylë Alaj" school in municipality of Deçan was opened at 7:10 a.m. due to problems with the stamp.

·         At the polling centre 0101X, the polling station 02 R at "Lidhja e Prizrenit" school in municipality of Deçan was not opened due to the lack of stamps and poll book until 8:30 a.m. At the same school, the polling station 01 R was closed at 7:10 a.m. and was re-opened at 8:20 a.m., while the reason for closure was the lack of the stamp.

Problems with the Poll Book

·         At the polling centre 1706C, the polling station 09R at "7 Shtatori" school in municipality of Prizren lacks the book of the polling station chairperson (the poll book).

·         At the polling centre 1116B, the polling station 01R at "Elena Gjika" school in municipality of South Mitrovica lacks the book of the polling station chairperson (the poll book).

Other

·         At the polling centre 3804B, the polling station 01D at "Sveti Sava" school in Suhodoll i Epërm village in municipality of North Mitrovica was not open at all due to the lack of election materials. (Time of reporting: 7:45 a.m.).

·         At the polling centre 1915E, the polling station 06R at "Iliria" school in Prishtina lacks sufficient ballots.

·         At the polling centre 1802X at "Naim Frashëri" school in municipality of Podujeva, although the polling station 03R was opened on time, the closing tapes in the ballot box were not set until 7:43 a.m. The reasoning was that the commissioners forgot to set it.

 

Accessibility of persons with disabilities to voting

 

It is reported that 37% of polling stations did not provide access for people with disabilities.

Integrity and security of the voting process

The presence of unauthorized persons was observed in 0.81% of the polling stations in the following municipalities: Deçan (1), Ferizaj (2), Prizren (2), Fushë Kosova (1), Gjakova (1), Gjilan (1), Istog, Peja (1), Prishtina (1), Mitrovica (3), Rahovec (3).

At the polling centre 2046A in “Shtjefën Gjeqovi” school, an unauthorized person continued to stay at the polling station 10D.

At the polling centre 2004A, in the polling station 03R at the "Motrat Qiriazi" school in municipality of Prizren, a person attempted to vote on behalf of the deceased person while the polling station chairperson cancelled it as invalid.

The presence of women commissioners is at 29.24%.

 

*****

DiA observers will observe the electoral process throughout the day until the end of the counting process. Field information will be available to the public in real time.

 

 

DiA calls on all commissioners, political party observers and all other participants in the electoral process to be committed to meeting their obligations to guarantee free and fair elections. DiA reminds everyone that any violation during the voting day, the counting process and generally during the entire electoral process is punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment.

 

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Democracy in Action (DiA) is the largest local coalition of Kosovo's non-governmental organizations for election observation. This coalition has been monitoring all election processes since 2007. For the municipal elections of 22 October, DiA has accredited about 3,000 observers, while 100 mobile teams, 150 volunteers in the Call Centre and dozens of additional staff have been assigned as support to this contingent.

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