The High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, and the Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, through a joint statement to the media have called on political parties in Albania to accept the election results.
"We encourage all parties involved in the vote counting process to proceed promptly and in accordance with established procedures. All political forces must ensure the efficient and democratic functioning of the institutions in the country as a result of these elections. "This includes the responsibility to follow the democratic principle of respecting the election results," the statement said.
Borrel and Varhelyi also call for any irregularities to be reported to the Central Election Commission and the competent authorities, and for cases, including allegations of vote-buying, to be investigated.
On Sunday, the people of Albania exercised their democratic right to vote. We commend all those who contributed to make this possible, despite the difficult context of COVID-19. The elections were held following a new electoral framework, adopted in line with OSCE / ODIHR recommendations.
According to the preliminary findings and conclusions of the OSCE / ODIHR Election Observation Mission, the parliamentary elections were generally well organized by the election administration, and the campaign was lively and comprehensive. Parties had sufficient confidence to participate and a reformed Central Election Commission (CEC) oversaw the election process in a transparent manner, enjoying the trust of parties at all levels. Observers report concerns about the misuse of state resources or functions by the ruling party and other public figures. We encourage all parties involved in the count to act promptly and in accordance with established procedures. All political forces must now ensure the effective and democratic functioning of the country's institutions emerging from these elections. This includes the responsibility to follow the democratic principle of respecting the election result. Any alleged irregularities should be immediately brought to the attention of the Central Election Commission and other competent authorities, and cases should be properly investigated, including vote buying.
As with the diplomatic observation activities on election day by the EU Delegation and the representatives of the Member States, the EU will continue to follow closely the electoral developments until the final certification of the results.
Albania has come a long way on its path to the European Union, showing persistence in pursuing difficult reforms in the interest of the Albanian people. The transition period until the formation of the new parliament and government should not hamper the ongoing efforts to implement the necessary reforms. We would like to see the country enter the next phase of the accession process, with the holding of the first Intergovernmental Conference for the start of negotiations as soon as possible.
We expect the Albanian parliament and the new government to continue resolutely pursuing the country's reform agenda, especially with regard to the rule of law. We reiterate our call for a constructive and inclusive political dialogue on all sides," underlines the joint statement to the media.