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EU message to parties on elections: Provide candidate lists with integrity, stay away from provocative attacks

  • 2/5/2021 10:30 AM
EU message to parties on elections: Provide candidate lists with integrity, stay away from provocative attacks

On the International Election Day, the European Union in Tirana, conveys a message for Albanian politics. The EU delegation, through a post on social networks, emphasizes that it appreciates the work done so far in our country to improve the integrity of elections, such as the adoption of the decriminalization law or the June 5 agreement.

While the EU is said to have strongly supported these achievements, the delegation's response states that party leaders have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that the lists are made up of candidates with integrity. Such an appeal has been repeated for days by the US Ambassador to Tirana, Yuri Kim, who has called on political parties to select "clean" candidates.

According to the delegation, Albanian citizens expect a quality campaign that offers an informed debate and policy proposals, and away from provocative attacks.

"On International Election Day, we appreciate the work done to improve the integrity of elections in Albania. The adoption of the decriminalization law, the June agreement and the electoral reform implementing the OSCE / ODIHR recommendations have been important milestones. The EU has strongly supported these achievements. As election day approaches, party leaders have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that lists are composed of candidates with integrity. Albanian citizens deserve lawmakers who meet high standards of integrity and who will bring Albania closer to the EU. Albanian citizens also expect a quality campaign that offers an informed debate and policy proposals, and away from provocative attacks," the post reads.

/Klara Ruci/