June 13, 2014, 12:07 p.m.
Early elections were held in Kosovo on Sunday June 8th, electing members to the country's National Assembly. Widely expected to be held in late 2014, these were the first nation-wide elections to be held since Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence, and they included Serbian community municipalities in the north of the country.
According to preliminary results released by Kosovo's Central Election Commission (CEC), the coalition led by Prime Minister Hashim THACI's Democratic Party of Kosovo (Partia Demokratike e Kosovës, PDK) came in first with 30.71% of valid votes, with the Democratic League of Kosovo (Lidhja Demokratike e Kosoves/ LDK) closely following with 25.75%. Serbian and other minority community parties’ proportion of the vote was not sufficient for them to obtain more than their 20 constitutionally guaranteed seats. Both PDK and the leading opposition party LDK led by Isa MUSTAFA are attempting to create a governing coalition amidst some dispute over constitutional requirements. Kosovo's CEC has released preliminary election results for 99.83 % of the country's polling stations. , These preliminary results indicate a national turnout of 42% with a lower turnout of 25% in the four northern Serbian community majority municipalities. [A1]
[A1]Turnout in serbian community polling stations in the south was close to or above national average