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Prosecutors in Lezha on Tuesday indicted eight poll commissioners for rigging the elections in the commune of Dajc on May 8, 2011.
A joint opinion from the Venice Commission and the OSCE on elections in Albania has concluded that legal reform alone will not ensure that polls meet international standards.
The Socialist parliamentary group is expected to abandon its three-month boycott of parliament, protesting against alleged irregularities in the May 8 local elections.
Albania’s democratic party candidate Lulzim Basha has officially started work as the city’s new mayor, following a controversial electoral race.
Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule on Tuesday in Brussels pronounced Albania’s May 8 local elections for Tirana "not good".
After two months of legal wrangling, Albania’s Electoral College has rejected the last opposition appeal challenging the razor-thin victory of the ruling party candidate in the disputed Tirana race.
Albania’s Electoral College delayed until Thursday a ruling in the disputed mayoral race of Tirana, after the Socialist opposition withdrew one of its two appeals challenging the narrow victory of ruling party candidate Lulzim Basha.
The Socialist opposition has filed what is considered its final appeal with the Electoral College on Thursday, seeking a repeat of the election for the Tirana mayor’s office.
A former head of the Central Electoral Commission says both main parties need to share blame for the endless legal wrangling that has followed the results of the May local elections.
Albania’s Central Electoral Commission has for the second time in as many months declared the ruling party candidate the winner of the hotly contested race for the Tirana mayoralty.
Parties exchanged jibes on Tuesday as the final result of the disputed race for the Tirana mayoralty remained in limbo.
The Electoral College late Monday night ordered a full recount of the contested ballots in the key race for mayor of Tirana, throwing the results of the poll back into doubt.
Albania’s Electoral College on June 13 will hear the final opposition Socialist appeal over the disputed results of the race for mayor of Tirana.
Albania’s Electoral College rejected late on Friday a second opposition appeal over the contested poll for mayor of Tirana, leading the ruling party candidate ever closer to the city's top office.
Albania’s Electoral College will rule on Friday on an opposition appeal that will decide the outcome of the contested poll for mayor of Tirana.
On May 8, Albanians will vote for mayors and town councils in 384 municipalities. The legal framework for the elections is based on the constitution and the electoral code, which the ruling centre-right Democratic Party and the opposition Socialists voted through in 2008.
With the election date fast approaching, doubts remain whether the poll will meet international standards and represent a step forward in Albania’s long and tumultuous transition to democracy.
On May 8, 3,186,569 Albanians 18-year or older will have the chance to cast their ballot in the local elections, choosing the new mayors and head of communes in 384 municipalities.
After two decades in politics, divided between the president’s and premier’s offices, Berisha is already Albania’s longest serving leader since the collapse of the Communist regime.
Now seeking a fourth term as Tirana’s mayor, the Socialist leader is hoping that a strong showing in the May local elections will hasten the political demise of his archrival, Sali Berisha.
The controversial ex-minister, who has strong ties to the Berisha family, is bidding to take over the capital - but even if his gambit fails, it’s unlikely to ruin his political career.
After the January 21 riots and a prolonged power struggle that has hampered its EU aspirations and strained the country’s fragile institutions, Albania’s political parties head to the May 8 local elections, considered as key to the country’s democratic credentials.