The Acting President Dr. Jakup Krasniqi meets representatives of political parties to participate in 12 December elections

The Acting President of the Republic of Kosovo Dr. Jakup Krasniqi had a meeting today with representatives of political entities that will run in general elections of December 12.

The meeting discussed the text of the joint statement to be signed by all political parties that will run in 12 December 2010 elections, a statement that has to do with the code of conduct for these elections.

At a press conference after the meeting Dr. Jakup Krasniqi said: “We had today a meeting with political parties that have registered at the Central Election Commission and we offered a text for a statement that has to do with the code of conduct for 12 December 2010 elections”.

“We discussed this. There were some remarks. We will include the remarks made today in the new text and political parties that will run in 12 December 2010 will sign the code of conduct for this year’s extraordinary or early elections at a ceremony on Monday”, Mr. Krasniqi added.

Answering questions made by journalists after the meeting, the Acting President Dr. Jakup Krasniqi said corrections to be made in the text mainly relate to the language, rather than the substance.

“Item 2, last sentence, reads that parties, members and their candidates shall commit to support the universal concept of ‘one person, one vote’ and shall discourage voting on behalf of someone else. The last part about discouraging the voting on behalf of someone else was changed into ‘shall prevent voting on behalf of someone else. Item 4 reads that parties and their candidates shall condemn publicly and repeatedly any act of violence or threat that comes from any headquarter, and ‘poling stations’ were added. We have also added: ‘any language or action that may cause fear or trigger violence’. Accordingly, this involves remarks that had to do with the language mainly and we agreed to make these changes, and the code of conduct for elections of 12 December 2010 will be signed at e ceremony that will be held on Monday, at 1100 hrs”, Mr. Jakup Krasniqi said.

Asked if he was sure that the code would be respected during the campaign, Mr. Krasniqi said: “We demand the code of conduct be adhered to and we will personally abide by it. You know that we are dealing with political entities and citizens that sometimes do not behave quite as they should, but the aim is to ensure that, on the election day, political parties, candidates, people who come out to vote, as well as party representatives that run in elections, will go there to fulfill a civic obligation, to realize a civil right and to vote as they should. We call on all the people to retain their calmness and to vote for the entity or individuals that they believe will defend interests of the people of the Republic of Kosovo during their engagement in Kosovo institutions”.