OSCE has drafted an interim report on June 30th local elections

The OSCE has released today the preliminary report for the June 30th elections, analyzing the period from 24 May to 11 June 2019. The report gives a detailed account on the political situation, underscoring that the elections are in ta state of a deep political division and that some opposition parties do not participate in elections  in 31 municipalities.

“Upon the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Albania and based on the Recommendation of the Needs Assessment Mission (NAM) developed from 19 to 21 March, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) established the Election Observation Mission (EOM) on May 23. “The NAM, headed by Ambassador Audrey Glover, consists of a core team of 13-members based in Tirana and 18 long-term observers sent to the entire country on June 1. Mission members come from 22 OSCE participating States. ODIHR has urged OSCE participating States to send 250 short-term observers to observe Election Day procedures, “the report said.

OSCE has noted the ongoing opposition protests and the fact that 27 opposition candidates are not running in the elections. ‘President Meta has repeatedly made an appeal for dialogue between the parties and at the end of May, he expressed the will to postpone the elections. On June 10, referring to his constitutional responsibility to protect pluralism and public safety concerns, he decreed the abrogation of the decree for setting the date of the elections. On 11 June, the SP initiated a debate in Parliament on the validity of the decree, on the abrogation of the decree for setting the election date and the possible dismissal of the President, ” is stated interalia in the report.

/Klara Ruci/

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