President Osmani’s statement related to the municipal elections in the municipalities of North Mitrovica, Zveçan, Zubin Potok and Leposaviq

Honourable fellow citizens of the municipalities of North Mitrovica, Zveçan, Zubin Potok and Leposaviq,

Elections are the cornerstone of any democracy and election day is the day when your voice is heard by all. Therefore, the April 23rd elections are an important moment for you and for the future of your municipalities.

The right to vote is guaranteed by the Constitution and laws, hence are enjoyed by all citizens of Kosovo, without distinction. Municipalities have a responsibility to stay close to citizens, offering services and projects that are in your interest and that solve the problems you face every day. Therefore, through your vote, you ensure that your elected representatives will deal directly with issues that affect your lives and create perspective for all of you. Your participation in the election means a better life for all of you. Thus, use this right at this important moment for democracy. Your vote is the most powerful tool in deciding the future of your municipality and in holding elected officials accountable.

I understand that many of you have been the target of threats and intimidation that have been made in recent weeks by the Belgrade-backed criminal establishment in order to force you to give up your voice and the power to shape the future of your municipalities. However, I want to assure you that all Kosovo institutions are doing everything to ensure that these elections are free and fair and that your safety is guaranteed.

For this reason, I urge you to reject those who come to you with threats and blackmail. I encourage you to send a strong and clear message with your participation in the local elections on April 23rd, 2023. Make sure your voice is heard this Sunday, through a free and democratic vote. Above all, your participation in the elections will send a strong message to those who seek to intimidate and oppress you, that they will not be able to silence you and that the officials you elect will serve you and the interests of all citizens of the municipality.

The institutions of Kosovo will always be at your service. Your safety and perspective are the priority of all Kosovo institutions.

Best wishes for success in the April 23 elections!

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