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Voters allege coercion in Kosovo ballot central to EU accord

By Matt Robinson and Branislav Krstic MITROVICA, Kosovo (Reuters) - Ethnic Serbs trickled to polling stations in northern Kosovo on Sunday in a re-run that is central to a plan brokered by the European Union to end the country's ethnic partition but has been marred by what locals said was coercion to vote. NATO soldiers and EU police were out in force, protecting voting centers against a possible repeat of violence during the original vote two weeks ago by Serb hardliners opposed to the election.

Kosovo Serbs return to polls in flashpoint town

Ethnic Serbs voted under heavy security on Sunday in repeat local elections in Kosovo's flashpoint northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica, where a previous vote was cancelled due to violence. Voting for local mayors and councillors was 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 Serbs return to polls in flashpoint town

Repeat elections took place Sunday in Kosovo's flashpoint town of Kosovska Mitrovica where ethnic Serbs were casting ballots under heavy security after violence led to the cancellation of a previous vote. Voting for local mayors and councillors was 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.

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.

EU prosecutor charges 15 Kosovo ex-rebels for war crimes

The EU justice mission on Friday charged 15 former Kosovo rebel fighters for alleged war crimes including murder and torture.

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.
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