Albania's local elections were competitive and transparent, but political parties acted irresponsibly, observers say
Albania's local elections were competitive and transparent, but took place in an environment of high polarization and mistrust between governmental parties and the opposition, international observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Congress concluded in a statement issued on 10 May 2011. ''The Congress delegation welcomes the fact that the vote generally took place in a calm atmosphere. Nevertheless, we remain concerned that the extreme polarization of political life may prevent the constructive dialogue necessary to address citizens' needs and ensure good local governance. The Congress stands ready to support Albania in setting up conditions for good co-operation between political actors,'' said Hana Richtermocová, Head of the Congress delegation.
Preliminary Findings - Press release
Preliminary Findings - report
Council of Europe Congress to observe local elections in Albania
A delegation from the Congress will observe the local elections in Albania on 8 May 2011. On 5, 6 and 7 May the delegation will hold meetings in Tirana, and in different regions, with representatives of government, the opposition, electoral bodies and political parties. On 7 May, Congress delegations will be deployed to several cities including Durres, Elbasan, Himare, Shkoder, Vlore and Tirana to meet with elected representatives, candidates and NGOs and to observe the elections on 8 May. Hana RICHTERMOCOVA, (Czech Republic, ILDG), will head the delegation, which will also include four members of the European Union's Committee of the Regions as a part of the co-operation agreement between the two institutions. Volkram GEBEL, (Germany, EPP/CD), will be the Rapporteur of the mission and Uno ALDEGREN, (Sweden, PES), will speak on behalf of the members of the Committee of the Regions.
Local elections in Albania: Congress delegation meets Prime Minister Sali BERISHA and the Mayor of Tirana Edi RAMA
A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, headed by Hana RICHTERMOCOVA, Czech Republic (ILDG) carried out a pre-electoral mission to Albania, from 12 to 13 April, for the upcoming local elections, which are scheduled for 8 May 2011. During the second day of the visit, the delegation met Prime Minister Sali BERISHA and the Mayor of Tirana Edi RAMA. The delegation also met Edmond HAXHINASTO, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand PONI, Deputy Minister of Interior as well as Arben RISTANI, Chair of the Central Election Commission and Albana DHIMITRI, Deputy mayor of Tirana. The pre-election delegation also had encounters with representatives of political parties, members of the Albanian delegation to the Congress as well as representatives of international organisations, NGOs and media.
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