2016 Kosovan presidential election

Presidential elections were held in Kosovo on 26 February 2016. They had originally been planned for 2013 following constitutional changes expected to be passed after the compromise reached after the indirect 2011 election.[1] However, on 6 July 2012, the Constitutional Court ruled that the presidential term could not be cut short in this way.[2]

2016 Kosovan presidential election

 2011 26 February 2021 
Nominee Hashim Thaçi Rafet Rama
Electoral vote 50, 64, 71 4, 2, 0

President before election

Atifete Jahjaga


Hashim Thaçi

Former Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi was elected after a third round of voting, defeating Rafet Rama.

Electoral system

In order to be elected, a candidate was required to receive at least 80 votes in the first two rounds of voting, equivalent to two-thirds of the 120 members of the Assembly. In the third round, the requirement was reduced to a simple majority of 60 votes.[3]


Candidate Party First round Second round Third round
Votes % Votes % Votes %
Hashim ThaçiDemocratic Party5092.66497.071100
Rafet RamaDemocratic Party47.423.000
Invalid/blank votes271510
Registered voters/turnout12067.512067.512067.5
Source: Albeu, Balkan Insight