“JOINT STATEMENT BETWEEN POLITICAL PARTIES AND ENTITIES ON SMOOTH CONDUCT OF GENERAL ELECTIONS OF 12 DECEMBER 2010” SIGNED

The running political parties and entities have signed the Joint Statement on Smooth Conduct of General Elections of 12 December 2010. At a ceremony organized today at the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, the political party leaders have signed the “Joint Statement between Political Parties and Entities on Smooth Conduct of General Elections of 12 December 2010”.

“Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of democracy. Political parties and other entities running in elections in the Republic of Kosovo agree to abide by the Joint Statement on General Elections of 12 December 2010. The Statement shall not supersede any current rule and shall not abrogate, in any way whatsoever, the Law on Elections in force. Parties and their members and candidates shall undertake and promise each other and the people of Kosovo to adhere to and promote the Statement and the rules set by law actively”, the preamble to the Statement reads.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Acting President of the Republic of Kosovo Dr. Jakup Krasniqi first greeted the leaders of political parties in Kosovo, representatives of political parties registered with the Central Election Commission, Ambassadors Dell and Werner and others attending the ceremony.

“Today is an important day. Together with the political parties and entities that will run in 12 December 2010 elections, we will sign a statement, which is a sort of code on free, secret and democratic elections. I am convinced that Kosovo has entered an important stage of elections and I urge all the political parties running in these elections and their members and the people of the Republic of Kosovo to exercise their right to participating in elections and to use the time left pending elections of 12 December 2010 as an opportunity to celebrate a national feast in the new and democratic state of Kosovo and to reward the constituents, or representatives of the people that will emerge from free elections, with free with democratic elections, so as to establish the democratic institutions of the state of Kosovo”, Mr. Krasniqi said.

“Today we will sign the statement and the political parties and their representatives will respect the code of conduct, wherever they will be, and will invite the people to participate in free elections and to vote for the candidate or the political entity that they consider will represent them the best. We wish the outcome of 12 December elections will reflect the will of the people of Kosovo and the will of the people of Kosovo will not be manipulated with. This is the aim of the Statement that we will sign today and I believe and urge all the political parties and entities to abide by it”, the Acting President of the Republic of Kosovo Dr. Jakup Krasniqi emphasized.