17 hours: 00 The Central Commission for Elections said that at 16 the 42,17% of those entitled had voted. Meanwhile, on the official Commission web page it is also known that in the cities of Tirana, Korça and Kukes 46.84%, 47.21% and 39.84% respectively voted.
14 Hours: 00- The Central Commission for Elections said that at 13 the 35,24% of those entitled had voted. In a press conference, the Commission spokeswoman, Drilona Hoxhaj, gave information on the progress of the election day on a national scale, highlighting the delays in the opening of the seats, the first problems and participation in the local seats.
12.30 The Observers: “The 23,5% of those entitled voted.
Today Albania is called to vote for political elections. Voting from the 7.00 to the 19.00 and the challenge is between the old right-wing leader Sali Berisha (PD), and the leader of the socialists Edi Rama. The latter, in alliance with Ilir Meta (LSI), was already allied with Berisha in the outgoing government. Despite the electoral campaign with less threatening tones than usual, the violence, which has characterized all the elections in recent years, does not stop.
In the early hours of the morning a commissioner of the socialist area of Meta (LSI), Gjon Gjoni, was killed. Three other people injured. The serious episode occurred in Laç. The situation remains very tense and the commissioners of voting have abandoned the seat under the threat of arms.
The EU Representative, Ettore Sequi, strongly condemned the violence, and did not exclude going personally to the seat in Laç, where the violence took place.
Joint Rama declaration - Meta.
Edi Rama and Ilir Meta in a joint statement seek to encourage the voters of Laç: "Go to vote, Berisha will not be able to get power with blood". Both accuse the police of "flirting with the criminal forces".
Berisha: I don't have enough information yet.
Outgoing Prime Minister Berisha has not yet spoken about the Laç episode. "I'll do it as soon as I have enough information," he said.
Meanwhile, other incidents of violence are reported in Bishqem where a member of the commission was attacked with his wife, who ended up in the hospital. The authors, already identified by the police, had hidden firearms in the trunk of the vehicle. A wounded man with a firearm in Vlore.
Instead in one of the seats in Scutari the voting process was stopped due to the presence of a camera.
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