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Police: Campaign saw fewer incidents than in the past

Albania’s top police officials say most incidents related to the June 23 general elections have been minor, despite the number of electoral activities being almost double compared to the 2011 local elections. Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, State

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Electoral silence observed 24 hours ahead of Albania elections

Electoral code bans electoral activities the day before voting takes place After an intensive electoral campaign for Sunday’s parliamentary elections, Albanian voters are getting a 24-hour reprieve from partisan messages and adverts that have dominated media outlets for the past

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In campaign mode, PM inaugurates second term’s largest infrastructure project

One week ahead of the June 23 general elections, the prime minister has inaugurated a massive double-bore tunnel, part of a highway linking Tirana to the central Albanian city of Elbasan. The tunnel, which cuts travel time to Elbasan and

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Opposition seeks penalties for officials who force employees to attend rallies

The main opposition Socialist Party has asked the prosecutor’s office to start investigating and punish officials accountable for forcing public service employees to attend rallies and meetings of the governing Democratic Party under the implied threat of being fired if

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Lead parties make unrealistic promises about employment

With employment being on top of the agenda during this electoral campaign, Albania’s two largest parties running for the June 23 general elections promise to create 250,000 to 300,000 jobs in the next four years. Under current employment trends and

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First electoral campaign incidents registered

With the campaign for Albania’s June 23 parliamentary elections now in full swing, there have been several incidents involving those participating in the campaign. These ranged from burglaries at an electoral office, damage of posters and billboards to more serious crimes

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Local observers list concerns over early campaign

The election campaign started early, in violation of the electoral law, and a series of violations have already been identified, the Coalition of Local Observers, said in a preliminary report issued earlier this week.  “During this campaign, a series of violations

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Campaign finances: Parties accused of lack of accountability

Open Data Albania, a Tirana-based watchdog group, recently reported that political parties were failing to make public their lists of campaign donors ahead of the June 23 elections. “The electoral code says that list of donors who give more than

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Public finances strained ahead of elections

A sharp increase in public investments ahead of the June 23 general elections is placing Albania’s troubled public finances at risk at a time when government revenue is at a standstill, according to a report by the Finance Ministry. Data

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Electoral campaign marks official start

Rallies, Western-style campaign hit Albanian cities.  The electoral campaign for Albania’s general elections officially started Friday (May 24), 30 days before voting takes place, according to the country’s Electoral Code. In practice, political leaders had started campaigning months ago. Prime

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