While monitoring the pre-election period, the Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) through a press conference, informed about several findings about phenomena that, according to the Committee, are characterizing this electoral campaign.
According to the AHC, the resignation of the three members of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) and the lack of a political and legal consensus for their replacement, have been a cause of concern for the CEC, thus, making it impossible for it to take important decisions that require a quorum and a qualified majority, i.e., 5 votes.
The Albanian Helsinki Committee deems this situation might be associated with adverse consequences for the general welfare of the elections process, its certification and meeting of the standards of freedom and fairness, that is why, it is to be fixed as soon as possible.
As another important finding of the monitoring process undertaken by the Committee during the pre-election period, the AHC has identified the lack of law observance with regard to the voters’ rights, such as, the fact that citizens receive in their homes written notifications about their inclusion in the voters’ list and the respective voting center they should use for voting.
Meanwhile, according to them, the final voters’ lists had to be announced on May 20th, 2013. After this date, only the respective district courts would have had the authority to make corrections to these lists. An additional concern identified by the monitoring conducted by AHC, was the fact that some of the polling stations were established in private facilities.
The AHC considers it necessary to emphasize that the election campaign, even though not officially, started 5-6 months earlier than the deadline envisioned in the law.
Based on the Copenhagen standards and on the domestic legislation, the electoral propaganda should not only be legal, but also such that does not violate human rights and is always serving voters with the right information.
The Albanian Helsinki Committee, in cooperation with the “Coalition for free and honest elections”, the U.S. Embassy’s Small Grants Program, and the Soros Foundation, is monitoring the parliamentary elections of June 23rd, 2013. This monitoring process involves the pre-election period, the day of the elections, and the following vote counting process.
For this reason, the CEC has accredited 172 AHC’s observers and nearly 460 more to the coalition’s partner organizations.
The election day and the vote counting period will be monitored in the nine regions of our country, which are, Tirana, Durrësi, Shkodra, Kukësi, Elbasani, Korça, Gjirokastra, Vlora and Fieri.
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