The head of the EC Parliamentary Assembly delegation, Aleksander Pocieji in his statement on the April 25 elections highlighting that the authorities should have taken measures to ensure the immigrants' vote. He said the issue should be discussed in order to reach a consensus. According to him, the conditions should have been created for the emigrants to have exercised their right from the places where they live between the embassies.
"As for the Albanians living in Greece and who were not allowed to exercise their right to vote, I must say my personal opinion. In such cases there are some examples that are practiced by voting at embassies. I hope it is a matter for discussion on how a consensus can be reached. The right conditions should have been created for them to vote," he said.
Pociej reiterated that the right conditions should be created in order for immigrants to exercise their right to vote again. However, according to him, this issue should be left to the local authorities as the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic is not yet known.
"It is disturbing, we strongly believe that the elections, for example in Poland and Bulgaria, we managed to organizethem in a restricted way, elections for those living abroad. I believe that citizens living abroad have the right to express their will to vote. The right conditions should be created to them. "But in this case, I will leave it to the local authorities again, because we do not know when the pandemic will end," said Pociej. Also asked about the lack of an official turnout figure by the CEC, the head of the EC Parliamentary Assembly delegation said that this is a relative issue, which depends on the systems of each country. He said that the system in Albania is different, so according to him it requires more time.