The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of Kosovo announced today, 7 November 2019, the final results of the early parliamentary elections of last 6 October, after a month of problems related to the counting of votes.
Issues that included poisoned ballot papers from Serbia (resulting in hospitalization for some officials of the central electoral commission) and several arrests for falsifications in card counting.
The chairman of the commission, Valdete Daka, announced today that the official results have been published and that the parties have 24 hours to appeal to the Supreme Court.
The official results
As expected, the Vetëvendosje party of Albin Kurti won in the elections with a total of 220.811 votes, or 26,15%. The second party with the most votes was the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) of Vjosa Osmani, with a total of 206.458 votes, or 24,46%. The two parties should soon formalize the new coalition government in the country.
Following the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) of the current president of the Kosovo parliament Kadri Veseli, with a total of 178.645 (21,16%). On the other hand, the coalition of outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj was more detached, including its' Alliance for the future of Kosovo and the social-democratic party of Kosovo, in fourth place with a total of 96.883 votes (11,47%).
Result unchanged for the Serbian minority representative party in Kosovo, the Sprska list, which with 57.015 total votes (6,74%) secured its presence in the new parliament. Objective not reached, on the contrary, by the coalition that included the parties Initiative, New Alliance of Kosovo and the Justice Party, which failed to reach the necessary 5% (stopping at 4,98%) for parliamentary representation.
The total turnout was of the 44,72% - or 844.121 total votes on 1.961.000 citizens registered for the elections - and due in large part to the record number of requests for voting arrived from diaspora. On the other hand, the votes considered invalid for various reasons amount to 25.465.
The results of the elections published by the central electoral commission are available at the following link