Kosovans are busy voting in fine weather as the tiny Balkan nation attempts to set a steady course towards the future and put its tortured recent past behind it.
The early election comes after six years in power and two consecutive mandates for Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his Kosovo Democratic party.
A key feature will be the participation, or lack of it, of the country’s Serbian minority.
“I hope the new lawmakers will be more accountable, so there will not be cases of them missing parliamentary sessions. We are one nation and our wish is for them to fully pursue our interests, and obey our will,” said one elderly man.
“If there are changes for sure there will be improvements, but if we continue with the same people I don’t see any future,” was one female professor’s opinion.
Many claim that Thaci’s six years in office have only brought corruption, nepotism, and poverty to the country, which has a long way to go before it can even consider EU membership, and the opinion polls indicate that Thaci’s patchy record means this result is too close to call.