One week after the June 23 general elections, Albania knows the winner of the elections but has no official results, and there is no deadline on when the whole process will end.
More than two months after a pre-electoral political dispute, the Central Election Commission, a seven-member body overseeing the elections, is still functioning with only four members, who are unable to certify the elections. Currently, they are processing results from each region and handling complaints by parties.
In the northeastern region of Kukes, CEC has turned down a result which granted both the right and the left coalitions two MPs each, giving the Democratic-Party led coalition a 3-1 lead and making Kukes the only region where the outgoing Democratic Party managed to have a positive result in the landslide defeat of the June 23 general elections.
The Electoral College, a judicial body comprising eight Appeals Court judges, which in several cases has assumed CEC’s responsibility because of the commission’s inability to approve decisions requiring a qualified majority of five votes, is expected to certify Albania’s June 23 general elections. Its results, unlike previous disputed elections, have been accepted by the major parties.
Albania’s June 23 general elections were competitive and respected fundamental freedoms, but the final assessment of the elections will depend on the conduct of the remaining stages of the election process, said the OSCE/ODIHR international observation mission in its preliminary findings.
“The final assessment of the elections will depend, in part, on the conduct of the remaining stages of the election process, including the counting, tabulation and announcement of results and the handling of possible complaints or appeals,” said the preliminary report.
With the elections over and results being accepted the two major parties seem to be involved in other internal issues rather than elections.
The Democratic Party which will be in power until next September when a new Socialist Party-led government is formed are organizing the election of the new party leader after the withdrawal of acting Prime Minister Berisha following the election defeat after two consecutive terms as prime minister.
Meanwhile, the Socialist Party and Socialist Movement for Integration, the two major left-wing parties, have already unveiled who the country’s new prime minister and parliament speaker will be and are working on drafting a program for the first 300 days of governance.