Jeta Xharra is a renowned journalist in Kosovo and the Balkans. She hosted the award-winning current-affairs TV programme, Life in Kosovo.
The 2013 municipal elections are of particular importance, because they are the first to be held throughout Kosovo wide, including the four northern municipalities of Mitrovica/Mitrovicë North, Leposavić/Leposaviq, Zvečan/Zveçan and Zubin Potok, under Kosovo law.
Kosovo has a parliamentary system of government, headed by the Prime Minister, with a unicameral parliament. The President is elected by the Parliament, for a five-year term. These elections will be held for the municipal assemblies and mayors of Kosovo’s 38 municipalities. Following the elections, a new Association of Serb-Majority Municipalities is set to be formed, in accordance with the April Agreement, including the four municipalities in the north, with the possibility of other Serb-majority municipalities elsewhere in Kosovo also joining.
There are 103 political subjects certified to take part in the elections, including political parties, coalitions and individual candidates. Of these, 18 are campaigning for the votes of Kosovo’s Serb community, while others are campaigning for the votes of other ethnic-minority communities.