OSCE notified today regarding the arrival of 272 observers to monitor the elections of the 30th of June 2019. 22 of them will be on a long term mission starting from the preparations of the campaigns, while the other 250 will closely observe the procedures of the election day, including voting, counting and publication of results. The coming of the observers is a clear signal that the elections will in fact take place on the 30th of June, with or without the political opposition. Meanwhile, the parliamentary opposition, through Rudina Hajdari declared today that there will not be any boycott of the elections.
In a preliminary report, OSCE-ODIHR expresses concerns regarding the political situation in Albania, emphasizing the distrust between the political parties and the constant politicization of the institutions which effects the lack of trust in the election process.
“There is a high level of polarization and distrust between the political parties and politicization of institutions that could negatively influence the progress of the elections. participants in the dialogue, requested a sufficient number of observers in order to cover all aspects of the election process especially focusing on the election administration, campaign and media coverage, solution of electoral disputes and procedures of the day of the elections”.
OSCE condemned the decision of the opposition to not name its candidates at the CEC and KZAZ.
“The opposition has refused to appoint its candidates at the CEC and KZAZ, bring about a political imbalance. This has effected the level of trust in the management institutions because of the perception of their politicization”./Tiranapost/D.Xh