The central electoral commission (KQZ) has announced the final result of the administrative elections of last 30 June, thus ending the day after 27 days to the most unusual electoral process from the '96 to today.
With four votes in favor and one against, the KQZ has made official the results of the June 30 elections: all the elected candidates will have time until the 10 August to begin their mandates after the oath before the councils.
The president of the commission, Klement Zguri, was the only one to vote against the validity of these elections as had happened in any decision for the organization and management of these administrative offices.
"These elections were accompanied by a great political conflict. Disagreements will continue even after we have made the results of the electoral process official. I think this conflict will continue even longer.
I believe that the KQZ between transparency and camouflage, between neutrality and prejudice, between legality and arbitrariness, has unfortunately chosen the latter. I am sorry to say that I cannot give a positive vote. I will vote against. I want this 'work performance' of KQZ not to become a standard in the future."- said the chairman of the commission, Klement Zguri.
However, the remaining part of the voting jury thought otherwise. According to vice-president Denar Biba and the others, in fact, despite being unusual, these elections did not deserve the vote against President Zguri.
The official data
811.727 were the citizens who took part in the local elections of last 30 June. Official figures lower the Socialist Party by a few thousand votes compared to the 2017 government elections; in total the socialist party alliance with other smaller parties has registered 716.621 votes in favor, or 1555 sent to municipal councils.
The surprise of these elections was the large number of ballot papers in the ballot boxes declared invalid: according to the KQZ, 44.000 were those concerning the votes of the mayors while 49.000 those concerning the votes of the municipal councilors.
The newly elected candidates will take office next week in a process that may not be as simple given the opposition's resistance. In Devoll, for example, former Democratic mayor Bledjon Nallbani has refused to leave his charge since "the opposition does not recognize the 30 June administrative elections". A situation that has created tensions within the municipality of Devoll.
"I was expecting this, because in a telephone conversation Nallbani told me he would not leave his office. But the offices belong to the state and on Monday we will settle in the town hall. I don't think there will be any further confrontations."- declared, instead, the new socialist mayor of Devoll, Eduard Duro.
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