The Electoral College rejected the request of Idajet Beqiri, leader of the Unitary National Party (Partia Unitet Kombetar, PUK) who asked the College for the removal of his party from the list of registered voters.
According to this decision, the College obliges the Beqiri party to take part in the June 30 elections, thus also rejecting the decree of the President of the Republic Ilir Meta which required the slip of the administrative elections in the country.
The Electoral College therefore followed the same line as the Central Electoral Commission (Komiteti Qendror Zgjedhor, KQZ) for not canceling the PUK from the list of competing parties, thus supporting the June 30 as the day on which the elections will actually be held.
Meta, the government and the opposition
Although it did not express itself directly on President Meta's decree, through this decision (therefore indirectly) the Electoral College also gave a response to the debate between Parliament and the Presidency on the legality of the presidential decree on annulment (and therefore postponement) of local elections.
The President Ilir Meta and the opposition (now extra-parliamentary) believe that the decree of annulment complies with the constitutional architecture and that it must be respected by all institutions, while the parliamentary majority considers it in full violation of the constitutional constraints and natural expression of popular sovereignty, thus also starting the procedure for removing Meta from his office.
Moreover, for the opposition, but for the same head of state, the only institution that could evaluate the decree of the President of the Republic would be the Constitutional Court, currently however out of function, since eight of its nine members have resigned or are were removed as part of the judiciary re-evaluation process envisaged by the judicial reform.
The majority, however, refers to a decision of the Constitution Court two years ago, according to which the decree of the President of the Republic would be an individual act and should be examined by the Electoral College. But the opposition insists that the case on which the Constitutional Court has expressed itself would not be similar to the current situation.
Moavero: we will monitor the elections from Italy
The Italian foreign minister, Enzo Moavero, spoke on the phone with the Albanian prime minister, Edi Rama, and with the opposition leader, Lulzim Basha. To both, he confirmed the extreme importance of ensuring absolute compliance with the fundamental rules of democracy and the rule of law.
In view of the disputed election of 30 next June, the Minister reiterated that despite the divergence of assessments among the Albanian political forces, it is essential to avoid all forms of violence and express their respective opinions and positions in a democratically correct manner.
With this "spirit of dutiful mutual loyalty in the opposing political dialectic", the Minister underlined, "the security and correctness of the electoral process in Albania must be ensured", which will also be monitored by an international mission, led by the OSCE-ODHIR, of which they are part observers from numerous other countries, including Italy.
Source: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
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