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CEC admits failure in Tirana e-verification project

Officials at Albania’s Central Election Commission say two pilot projects involving electronic verification of voters and electronic counting of ballots have failed and will not be implemented in Sunday’s general election.   The two pilot projects were scheduled to be

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CEC cancels e-counting pilot project in Fier region

The Central Election Commission has cancelled a contract with Spanish company INDRA, which had been tasked to carry out the electronic counting of ballots in Fier County, which has the second highest number of voters in Albania. The electronic counting

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EU’s foreign, enlargement chiefs call for best election standards, CEC solution

In a joint statement, the European Union’s highest enlargement and foreign affairs officials, have called for Albania’s June 23 general elections to meet the best international standards and urged Albanian political parties to find a solution for the crisis at

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Pressure grows to find solution for CEC crisis

International representatives in Albania have been exerting increasing pressure to convince Albanian political parties to come to an agreement that would make the Central Election Commission fully functional. CEC needs at least five members to vote in order to certify

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CoE lists concerns ahead of elections

The situation at the Central Elections Commission is worrying and could hurt the elections process, according to Council of Europe officials at the end of a two-day mission to Tirana.  The mission aimed to assess the situation on the eve of

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OSCE interim report: CEC, political polarization remain top concerns

In an interim report published two weeks ahead of the June 23 elections in Albania, the OSCE/ODIHR observation mission notes that the Central Election Commission and political polarization and mistrust between the two major parties remain the top concerns. Since

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Decisions on voting places, media and ballots face challenges

Albania’s Electoral College, a group of judges with final say on election procedures, has cancelled a decision of the Central Election Commission, which would have allowed for voting to take place in private homes. The decision came after an appeal

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Local watchdog group calls for solution to CEC impasse

Few days ahead of the official launch of the campaign for the June 23 general elections, the Coalition of Local Observers, a watchdog group of NGOs monitoring Albania’s elections, has called on the country’s two top political leaders to give

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Top parties fined €100,000 in total for failing to respect women’s quota

Albania’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has fined the top three parties running for the June 23 general elections a total of 14 million lek (around €100,000) for failing to respect the gender quota for women MP candidates in the country’s 12

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OSCE urges dialogue to overcome CEC deadlock

The OSCE Presence in Albania has appealed to political parties for dialogue and interaction to overcome the deadlock in the Central Election Commission (CEC) which is currently functioning with only four members proposed by the ruling Democratic Party-led coalition. Speaking

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