The OSCE Representative on Albania, Electoral Reform Adviser Florian Hobdar, present today at the joint meeting of the Legislative Council and the Committee on Legal Affairs, Public Administration and Human Rights stated that the OSCE has no position or preference over the selection of the system by a participating state. This is why ODIHR does not issue recommendations regarding system change or modification. The selection of the electoral system is a sovereign decision of each state, provided that the system is in line with OSCE commitments and other international standards – guaranteeing, in particular, respect for the basic principles of the OSCE, such as: universal suffrage “Equal, free and secret.”
“If an OSCE participating State decides to change the electoral system, we can provide support for the process through. According to all the best international practices this process should start at least one year before the next elections and should be comprehensive and transparent “, he said.
“From the point of view of legal review, the Assembly is more than welcome to send to ODIHR an official written request for comments on the draft law – of course, taking into account the time it would take ODIHR to provide opinion (this can fluctuate from a few days to a week after receiving the request) “, he added.
“The OSCE Presence in Albania, in close cooperation with the ODIHR office in Warsaw, continues to be ready to provide technical expertise on all election-related topics, as well as to assist local authorities in implementing decisions they choose to make, ”Hobdar concluded.