Elections were held for the 120-member unicameral Kosovo Assembly on 14th February 2021. As with the four previous legislative elections since Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence, these were early elections provoked by a political crisis.
The elections were competitive, and campaign freedoms were generally respected. There was a vibrant campaign, except in the Kosovo Serb areas. Despite a very short timeframe and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Election Commission (CEC) administered the elections well and in a transparent manner, although problems with Out of Kosovo voting reduced confidence in that part of the process. Election day was assessed by local observers as orderly, with voters participating in high numbers. However, as with previous elections, the process deteriorated during the vote count and a large number of recounts were ordered due to discrepancies in the results protocols. Such long-standing systemic problems, which have been identified in previous EU EOMs, should be addressed to enable Kosovo to fully meet international standards for democratic elections.
FINAL REPORT: eem_kosovo_final_report_eng.pdf