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NATO, EU secure polling stations in vote re-run central to Kosovo accord

By Matt Robinson MITROVICA, Kosovo (Reuters) - NATO soldiers and EU police secured polling stations in the flashpoint Kosovo town of Mitrovica on Sunday for a re-run election central to a Western-sponsored plan to end the country's ethnic partition. Masked men lobbing tear gas halted voting in Mitrovica two weeks ago, during a municipal election held for the first time in a northern, mainly Serb pocket of majority-Albanian Kosovo.

Kosovo Serbs return to polls in flashpoint town

Polls opened in Kosovo's flashpoint town on Sunday where ethnic Serbs were set to cast ballots under heavy security after previous elections were annulled due to violence. Voting for local mayors and councillors will be repeated at three polling stations in the Serb-populated part of the ethnically divided town Kosovska Mitrovica after masked Serbian extremists destroyed ballot boxes during the previous election on November 3.

Kosovo Serbs return to polls in flashpoint town

Kosovo Serbs in the flashpoint town of Kosovska Mitrovica will return to the polls Sunday under heavy local and international security after previous elections were annulled due to violence. Voting for local mayors and councillors will be repeated at three polling stations in the Serb-populated part of the ethnically divided town after masked Serbian extremists destroyed ballot boxes during the previous election on November 3.

Kosovo to repeat vote in Serb north, defying hardliners

By Fatos Bytyci and Tatiana Darie PRISTINA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Kosovo's government said on Wednesday it would re-run a watershed election in the ethnic Serb-dominated north, setting up a showdown with Serb hardliners opposed to EU-backed efforts to end Kosovo's de facto partition. Sunday's election for councils and mayors was the first to be held across the entire territory of the mostly ethnic Albanian country, but was disrupted in the north, where up to 50,000 ethnic Serbs oppose Kosovo's 2008 secession from Serbia.

Serbia, Kosovo vow to keep peace on track after poll violence

The premiers of Kosovo and Serbia, Hashim Thaci and Ivica Dacic, vowed Wednesday to keep a peace deal on track despite election violence by Serb extremists in Kosovo. "Both governments condemned the incidents," Thaci said as election officials in Kosovo ordered a re-run vote in a town where Serbs stormed a polling station and destroyed ballot boxes on Sunday. The election was part of an historic April peace deal brokered by the European Union's top diplomat Catherine Ashton, who in exchange offered the onetime foes closer ties with the 28-nation bloc.

Kosovo annuls municipal vote in Serb-populated town

Kosovo election officials said Wednesday they had decided to annul a vote in a Serb-populated town that was violently disrupted by hardliners last weekend, and ordered a re-run. The central electoral commission said results from three polling stations in Serb-populated Kosovska Mitrovica were "annulled due to damaged ballot boxes". "The date for a repeat vote in these three polling centres will be determined later," the commission said in a statement.

Kosovo to repeat vote in Serb stronghold, challenging hardliners

By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - Authorities in Kosovo said on Wednesday they would repeat a municipal election in a small ethnic Serb stronghold, paving the way for a showdown with Serb hardliners opposed to EU-backed efforts to end the country's de facto ethnic partition. The election for Kosovo's councils and mayors on Sunday was the first to be held across the entire territory of the young country, which has a majority ethnic Albanian population, but violence disrupted voting in the northern Serbian region.

Kosovo mulls partial re-run of vote marred by violence

Kosovo election officials said Tuesday they were weighing up whether to repeat a vote in Serb-populated areas that was violently disrupted by hardline extremists at the weekend. In a blow to Serbia, which hoped a peaceful election would further its EU ambitions, voting was interrupted late Sunday in the northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica after Serb extremists stormed a polling station and destroyed ballot boxes.

Kosovo mulls partial re-run of vote marred by violence

Kosovo election officials said Tuesday they were weighing up whether to repeat a vote in Serb-populated areas that was violently disrupted by hardline extremists at the weekend. In a blow to Serbia, which hoped a peaceful election would further its EU ambitions, voting was interrupted late Sunday in the northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica after Serb extremists stormed a polling station and destroyed ballot boxes.

Serbia, Kosovo PMs to meet EU's Ashton after poll violence

The premiers of Kosovo and Serbia, Hashim Thaci and Ivica Dacic, will discuss the violence that marred weekend polls in Kosovo at talks Wednesday with the EU's top diplomat Catherine Ashton. Ashton, who has been hosting talks to bridge differences between the two, said in a statement she would hold a fresh meeting with them in Brussels in which "we will discuss the next steps in the electoral process".
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