Voting is underway in Kosovo's parliamentary election, though it's unlikely to help resolve the independence issue of Serbia's breakaway republic. Turnout has so far been low, especially among ethnic Serbs who are being urged by Belgrade to boycott the vote.
Local news agencies are reporting minor disturbances across Kosovo.
Reports emerged on Friday night of Molotov cocktails being thrown at the home of Stojanka Petrovic, a Serbian politician living in the northern part of Kosovo.
In a separate incident close to the Macedonian border, 15 ballot boxes were burned at a school ahead of the polls opening.
It's less than a month until the UN deadline for mediators to reach a decision aboout the province's future. All of the main parties taking part in the election have promised to declare independence.
Russia insists the solution to Kosovo's status should agreed and accepted by both sides.
It's the third time that Kosovo voters have gone to the polls since 1999, when Serbia was put under United Nations Administration.
One and a half million ethnic Albanians are eligible to vote in en election where all parties are promising independence.
"Elections will help to move the decision on status because Kosovo will prove our part in the democratic world that its ready, is prepared and it is ready to function as a democracy," Hashim Thaci, Head of the Party of Democratic Kosovo says.
Heads of the UN mission and OSCE, who are overseeing the vote, believe all measures are in place to provide security - a fact that Belgrade holds up for questioning.
Serbian leaders are calling for the Serb minority in Kosovo, who make up about 100,000 people, to boycott what they regard to be a mono-ethnic election.
"We believe that these elections are a farce and we call on all the citizens of Kosovo to boycott these elections and in this way to resist to be deceived once more," Albin Kurti, the Leader of Self Determination youth movement said.
And it seems that the majority of Serbs living in Kosovo don't need much persuasion.
"For me Kosovo is not a state, therefore these elections do not exist. Kosovo is part of Serbia, and I will never vote in their elections," one of them says.
Ahead of the vote, the Russian-backed Serbian government has reiterated they will not recognise any independence of Kosovo.
The so-called Troika mediators, made up of the U.S., EU and Russia, are preparing the report on the disputed territory's status by December 10. ( RT )