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Second largest party in the majority grows significantly in the local government polls in Albania

Jul 10 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Socialist Movement for Integration, led by the speaker of Parliament, Ilir Meta, has achieved very good results in the local government elections held a few weeks ago.

In 61 municipalities, SMI has managed to come out as a winner in 11 of them, while in 21 other municipalities, SMI has managed to be ranked second.

This way, SMI has ruined the traditional ranking which has existed in the past 25 years, where the two first places were always occupied by the Democratic Party and the Socialist Party.

Albanian opposition leader discuss election standards with the head of OSCE

Jul 03 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Leader of the Democratic Party in Albania, Lulzim Basha, accompanied by the leader of the Republican Party, Fatmir Mediu and a delegation of the opposition, met today in Vienna with the Secretary General of OSCE, Lamberto Zannier and representatives of the permanent Council of the ambassadors of this mission.

During this meeting, Basha has thanked the mission of observers who monitored the June 21 elections and presented the great problems, which according to him,  mined the trust of voters on the election process.

Opposition leader: Albania is in the list of countries that do not organize free and fair elections

Jun 30 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha has met with the co-rapporteurs of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PA), Mr. Jonathan Evans, Mr. Andrej Hunko, Mr. Bas Klein, vice chairman of the Secretariat of the PA and Mrs. Delphine Freymann, Secretary of the Monitoring Commission of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

During this meeting, Mr. Basha said that the June 23 electoral process has put Albania in the list of countries that do not hold free and honest elections.

Albania Ruling Parties Romp Home in Local Election

Jun 26 2015
Albania
Source: 
Balkan Insight

Albania's left-wing governing coalition scored a massive victory in last Sunday's local elections, winning about 62 per cent of the vote, while international observers raised concerns about allegations of vote-buying and intimidation.

With more than 92 per cent of the votes counted, the 37 parties of the left-wing ruling coalition won 62 per cent of all votes cast on Sunday while the 15 parties of the main opposition bloc won about 31 per cent.

The rest of the votes were divided among 11 parties that ran outside the two main coalitions.

Low Turnout Marks Albania Local Elections

Jun 23 2015
Albania
Source: 
Balkan Insight

Election day was generally calm without major incidents but the turnout was much lower than in the 2013 general elections.

Preliminary data from the Central Election Commission shows about 45 per cent of voters cast their ballot. This is the lowest turnout in 25 years.

Although 3.37 million Albanians have the right to vote, an estimated one third of them have left the country, seeking a better life. In 2013, about 1.7 million Albanians voted in the general elections with the turnout reaching 53 per cent.

Voters offered a distinct choice in Albania’s local elections, but politicization of state institutions undermined process, observers say

Jun 23 2015
Albania
Source: 
OSCE ODIHR

While voters were offered a distinct choice from among a range of candidates and fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly were generally respected, the politicization of institutions involved in the 21 June local elections in Albania undermined the effective administration of the process, international observers concluded in a statement issued today.

Albania Ruling Coalition Scores Muted Local Polls Win

Jun 23 2015
Albania
Source: 
Balkan Insight

The left-wing coalition headed by Prime Minister Edi Rama won or is leading in key races in the local elections held on Sunday in Albania, but its victory is expected to be much less convincing than in 2013.

With most of the votes counted, left-wing candidates are expected to win key towns like Tirana, Durres, Korca, Elbasan and Vlora, while the opposition held Shkodra and successfully competed in smaller municipalities where it scored some surprising victories in places like Pogradec, Selenica and Permet.

Albania’s political leaders see the election result in opposite ways

Jun 23 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

In Albania, following a two day period without any declarations, the main political leaders, head of majority, Edi Rama and that of the opposition, Lulzim Basha publicly addressed the citizens on Tuesday evening.

The first one to address was Basha, who considered the elections as a step backwards for the country and added that the main feature of the process was the massive purchase of votes and the efforts of  SP and SMI to rig the polls.

Early election results, the left wing leads in the local government elections in Albania

Jun 22 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

After counting nearly one third of the ballots in the local government elections in Albania, the left wing of the governing majority is leading by a large margin.

The ballot counting has ended in the early hours of Monday in 7 small municipalities and all of them have been won by left wing candidates.

The race for the large cities is still not clear, but the tendency seems to favor the left wing.

Former Albanian PM demands international monitors to delegitimize elections

Jun 22 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Former PM and former democrat leader, Sali Berisha has issued a surprising declaration in the early hours of Monday, calling upon the international community to delegitimize the June 21 local government elections in Albania.

This is the first time that Mr. Berisha makes such request in his 25 year political career. When the left wing has made such requests, Mr. Berisha has always condemned them.

Mr. Berisha’s declaration is based in 9 arguments, which according to him, support the request not legitimize the elections.

Voters offered a distinct choice in Albania’s local elections, observers say

Jun 22 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

While voters were offered a distinct choice from among a range of candidates and fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly were generally respected, the politicization of institutions involved in the 21 June local elections in Albania undermined the effective administration of the process, international observers concluded in a statement issued today.

Left wing majority takes over the largest municipalities in Albania

Jun 22 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

The process of ballot counting in Albania is coming to an end and so far, the majority of 61 municipalities has been won by the left wing majority under the logo of the Alliance for European Albania coalition led by Edi Rama and speaker of Parliament, Ilir Meta.

This governing coalition has won the largest municipalities in the country.

The process has been officially concluded in less than half of municipalities. Out of 28 municipalities where the result has been announced, 20 of them have been won by the left wing and only eight of them by the opposition.

Counting ends in most of polling stations, the left wing dominates

Jun 22 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Albania’s governing left wing has prevailed in the 21 June local government elections “snatching” a victory in the majority of the towns of the country, including the largest ones.

Up until today (23.06), ballot counting has been completed for 54 out of 61 municipalities. Out of them, 40 have been won by the left wing, 13 by the opposition and one by the Greek minority party, MEGA.

The ballot counting process continues in another seven municipalities and socialists are likely to win most of them too.

Local government elections in Albania end without any problems

Jun 21 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

Polls for the local government in Albania have ended without any problems. The polling stations opened at 7 am and closed at 7 pm. Although, based on the law, when there are queues in the polling station, the voting continues beyond the official hours, it was not the case this time as there were not large numbers of voters.

Preliminary turnout figures vary from 40 to 50%.

The Central Election Commission has not yet issued official figures on turnout.

This year’s figures are expected to be lower than in the last polls, when turnout was 60%.

Turnout in the local government elections in Albania was around 48%

Jun 21 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

In Albania, the Central Election Commission (CEC) published a little before Sunday midnight, the turnout percentages based on its district.

Following a calculation of the majority of polling stations, the turnout is one million and 530 thousand voters or 57.54% out of 3.4 million eligible voters.

The highest turnout has been marked in the north, in Diber, with around 58% and the lowest turnout in Vlora with around 37%. The counting process has started in a small part of ballot boxes.

Early results indicate a strong advantage of the governing majority.

Corruption in the House of Justice

Jun 19 2015
Albania
Source: 
Independent Balkan News Agency

“Albanian courts have become like burlesques and I’m looking forward to autumn when we will pass the package of the reform in justice”.

This was said by PM Edi Rama a day ago, warning a revolution in the Albanian justice system.

Mr. Rama says that he considers courts as “the most corrupt, abusive and ridiculous powers that have made Albania a disgrace”.

Recalling the national operation against the theft of power supply, Rama warns: “What we have done with power supply is nothing to what we have done with the judicial system”.

MEP Urges Albania Parties to Cut Crime Links

Jun 19 2015
Albania
Source: 
Balkan Insightº

Eduard Kukan, former Slovak foreign minister and Member of the European Parliament, on Friday urged Albania's parties to respect the law and to fulfil promises to ban people with criminal backgrouns from holding or stand for office.  

Speaking ahead of the local elections, he called them "an important test for the consolidation of democratic processes in Albania and the country's further EU integration.

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