State Commissioner calls on parties to pay fines, or else face sanctions

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106 parties were fined by the Central Election Commission (CEC) after failing to report their revenues and expenditures in 2020. Now, they risk being banned in the next elections.

State Commissioner Ilirjan Celibashi told Euronews Albania that they risk being banned if they don’t pay the fine.

“Some of these parties do not even have an address. If they do not pay the sanctions, they will not participate in the elections. But it remains to be seen from what the Commission of Appeal and Sanctions, and the Electoral College will decide”, explained Celibashi.

He also spoke about party finances and expenditures during the campaign, beyond what they actually declare.

“It’s the same as if asking taxation authorities on how consistent are businesses when declaring their real turnover. When it comes to political parties, this becomes even more challenging”, he said.

The State Commissioner also guaranteed that emigrants will be allowed to cast their vote in the next elections.

“In September, CEC will focus on preparing the legal and technical structures for extraterritorial voting. Starting today, we have all the time needed to prepare this process and there can be no more excuses about that”, he pledged.

In addition, Celibashi welcomed the positive assessment of the OSCE/ODHIR report on the elections and asserted that by next month they will start working on the recommendations.

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