PACE to observe the parliamentary elections in Albania

A 19-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Paolo Corsini (Italy, SOC), will travel to Albania from 23 to 26 June to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

The delegation will meet, in particular, leaders and representatives of political parties, the Chairman of the Central Election Commission, and representatives of international organisations, civil society and the media, before observing the ballot on 25 June.

A member of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's group of independent legal experts – will provide legal support during the visit.

In a declaration dated 2 June, the PACE pre-electoral delegation welcomed that, following a political agreement reached between the two main political parties on 18 May, “parliamentary elections will be held with the participation of the main opposition parties, providing voters with a meaningful variety of choices”. At the same time, the delegation remained concerned at a number of strains on the electoral process.

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A joint press conference is scheduled to take place in Tirana on Monday 26 June at 2.30 pm, at the Tirana International Hotel (“Classic Meeting Room”).