OSCE final report on April 25th: SP had a significant advantage in the elections

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On Monday, the OSCE mission in Albania published its final report on the parliamentary elections held in April 25.

The report emphasized that Albanian voters’ freedom to choose amongst the various candidates was “generally” respected, however, the Socialist Party is said to have had a clear advantage, “both from its control of the local government as well as their misuse of administrative resources”.

The report emphasized that Albanian voters’ freedom to choose amongst the various candidates was “generally” respected, however, the Socialist Party is said to have had a clear advantage, “both from its control of the local government as well as their misuse of administrative resources”.

The OSCE also notes that the many allegations raised by political parties over vote-buying led to the initiation of several investigative processes.

OSCE also notes that the many allegations raised by political parties over vote-buying led to the initiation of several investigative processes.

The report commends the role played by the Central Electoral Commission while specifying that election day was “largely transparent and smooth”.

At the end of the report, OSCE gives 23 recommendations regarding bringing the Albanian electoral system closer to international standards.

Key recommendations include: 

  • Reviewing the legal framework to address outstanding ODIHR and Venice Commission recommendations in an open and inclusive consultation process, and introducing changes well before the next elections;
  • Guaranteeing the right to a free and secret choice and preventing any form of pressure to disclose whether and how people voted;
  • Intensifying efforts to identify, investigate and prosecute cases of vote-buying and encouraging citizens to report and provide evidence of any vote-buying or pressure;
  • Ensuring the security of citizens’ personal data and thoroughly investigating and prosecuting any breach impacting public confidence in the electoral process;
  • Amending legislation to ensure that the media are able to independently cover activities of electoral contestants and limit the use of party produced content in the news.

Read the full report of OSCE on Albania’s parliamentary elections here, which was compiled after a careful analysis of the data compiled by the organization and its team of observes on the ground, coming from 57 different countries.

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