The president of the parliament, Gramoz Ruçi, has announced that the president of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta, has decreed the 30 June 2019 as date of carrying out of the local elections.
"Pursuant to article 92 and the article 93 of the Constitution of the Republic of Albania and in application of the norms foreseen by the article 9, paragraph 1 and 2, and by article 10, paragraph 1 and 2, of the law number 10019 , dated 29 / 1272008, the electoral code of the Republic of Albania announces that the elections for local governments will take place on Sunday 30 June 2019. "- read the statement.
The presidency also informed the media that Ilir Meta informed President Ruçi of his consultations on the choice of local elections. Similarly, Meta informed Ruçi about the development of transparent procedures for candidates who showed interest in the presidency of the Supreme Audit Court, in order to select a suitable candidate.
Local elections, those who can no longer apply
The Institute for Political Studies (ISP) has published a table that shows all those who will not be able to reapply as mayors in the upcoming elections, since they have three or more mandates behind them (as required by the 2015 law amendment).
Among the best known names are the mayors of Durazzo, Vangjel Dako, Kamza, Xhelal Mziu, Elbasan, Qazim Sejdini, Polican, Adriatik Zotkaj, Vlora, Fiqir Ismaili and Maliq, Gezim Topçiu.
All of them have three or more mandates behind them and the fact that they previously had to manage a smaller territory before the new territorial division, will have no effect on the counting of mandates. The old territory, in fact, is the nucleus of the new one and therefore, according to the law, the mandate is the same.
The existence of multiple mandates in one municipality was judged in the 2015 as a factor inhibiting the development of government and local democracy. In Albania, in fact, in many municipalities there are mayors with more than ten years in office.
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