After Kosovo’s Parliament banned local Serbs from voting in Sunday’s referendum on Constitutional changes on its territory, they feared the same scenario might happen in April when Serbia would hold presidential, early general, Belgrade and some municipal elections.
In response to the ban, the Serb List, a Serb political party in Kosovo backed by Belgrade and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic, said that wouldn’t happen, announcing an answer to Pristina’s move.
Kosovo said that it could not allow its citizens to vote in the referendum called by other countries as a sovereign state. However, the Serbs with dual citizenship could vote in Serbia.
The head of the Self-Determination movement, main Kosovo’s ruling party, parliamentary club, Mimoza Kusari Lila, said later on Monday the general and presidential elections, which Serbia would organise on April 3, should be conducted in the same way as the referendum, i.e. that Serbs from Kosovo should vote by mail, in Serbia’s Liason Office in Pristina or at polling stations in one of the border towns in Serbia.
The European officials asked Kosovo’s Prime Minister to allow the Serbs to vote in municipalities where they created a majority. It had been the case in previous elections organised by the OSCE in Kosovo, but he ignored it.
Vucic said the decision would have far-reaching consequences but did not elaborate.
Neither did the Serb List leaders who announced reciprocity.
Milica Andric Rakic from the New Social Initiative organisation from Kosovo said Pristina’s move was a severe blow to Belgrade and that the Serb List mentioning the reciprocity was an empty threat.
On Sunday, Kosovo’s Serbs voted in Serbia’s southwestern towns of Raska and Novi Pazar and the southern places of Kursumlija and Vranje.