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Scenes Of Voting In Kosovo

As Kosovo held local elections on November 3, just about all eyes were on turnout figures. Ethnic Serbs were being encouraged to vote for the first time since Pristina declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, although some hard-line Serbian groups were still urging a boycott.

An ethnic Serb waits at a polling station in the ethnically divided city of Kosovska Mitrovica.
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An ethnic Serb waits at a polling station in the ethnically divided city of Kosovska Mitrovica.

Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga voted early on election day. She called the November 3 voting a test of the country's maturity.
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Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga voted early on election day. She called the November 3 voting a test of the country's maturity.

Kosovar Serbs wait to cast ballots at a polling station in the town of Gracanica.
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Kosovar Serbs wait to cast ballots at a polling station in the town of Gracanica.

A Kosovar Albanian man leaves a polling station in Pristina.
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A Kosovar Albanian man leaves a polling station in Pristina.

A Kosovar Serb sits near a poster for the Serbian Citizens' Initiative political party in the town of Gracanica, which is inhabited by a Serbian minority.
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A Kosovar Serb sits near a poster for the Serbian Citizens' Initiative political party in the town of Gracanica, which is inhabited by a Serbian minority.

An ethnic Serb woman walks past a mural that includes part of the Serbian coat of arms in the northern part of Mitrovica.
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An ethnic Serb woman walks past a mural that includes part of the Serbian coat of arms in the northern part of Mitrovica.

Election-committee members prepare for voting at a polling station in Mitrovica, which is divided ethnically between north and south.
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Election-committee members prepare for voting at a polling station in Mitrovica, which is divided ethnically between north and south.

Kosovo's prime minister, Hashim Thaci, and his wife vote in the capital, Pristina.
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Kosovo's prime minister, Hashim Thaci, and his wife vote in the capital, Pristina.

Kosovar Serbs walk past campaign posters for the Alliance of Kosovo Serbs and the Independent Liberal Party in Gracanica.
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Kosovar Serbs walk past campaign posters for the Alliance of Kosovo Serbs and the Independent Liberal Party in Gracanica.

A Kosovar Serb walks past campaign posters for the Independent Liberal Party and Serbian Citizens' Initiative in the town of Gracanica.
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A Kosovar Serb walks past campaign posters for the Independent Liberal Party and Serbian Citizens' Initiative in the town of Gracanica.

A Kosovar Albanian man and his son drop his ballot into a voting box at a polling station in the southern part of Mitrovica.
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A Kosovar Albanian man and his son drop his ballot into a voting box at a polling station in the southern part of Mitrovica.

A group of ethnic Serbs stand near graffiti in Mitrovica calling for an election boycott.
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A group of ethnic Serbs stand near graffiti in Mitrovica calling for an election boycott.

A Kosovar Albanian man and woman vote in Mitrovica.
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A Kosovar Albanian man and woman vote in Mitrovica.

A man walks with children approaches a polling station in northern Mitrovica.
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A man walks with children approaches a polling station in northern Mitrovica.

Voters lined up to cast ballots in Mitrovica, although turnout figures in the northern part of the city were initially among the lowest in the country.
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Voters lined up to cast ballots in Mitrovica, although turnout figures in the northern part of the city were initially among the lowest in the country.

Mitrovica mayoral candidate and head of the Serbia, Democracy, Justice party Oliver Ivanovic casts his ballot.
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Mitrovica mayoral candidate and head of the Serbia, Democracy, Justice party Oliver Ivanovic casts his ballot.

Another Mitrovica mayoral hopeful, Citizens' Initiative Srpska's Krstimir Pantic (right), votes.
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Another Mitrovica mayoral hopeful, Citizens' Initiative Srpska's Krstimir Pantic (right), votes.

An ethnic Serb woman prepares to vote.
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An ethnic Serb woman prepares to vote.

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