OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission Page: 3
Republic of Albania, Local Elections 2007
Interim Report 4 (19–25 February 2007)
In Himara municipality (Vlorë region), disputes between the candidates of the Democratic Party
and the Human Rights Union Party, over alleged voting irregularities and the composition of
counting teams, hampered the counting process from the very start. Counting was conducted in a
tense atmosphere and was repeatedly stalled. On 20 February, the CEC ordered the LGEC to
finish the count and sent inspectors to help resolve problems. Staff representatives from the
Vlorë Prosecutor’s Office were also sent to Himara. On Thursday 21 February, the count in
Himara was eventually concluded.
In Bushat commune (Shkodër region), the ballot boxes from only five out of 25 voting centres
were counted. The LGEC could not finish the count because of pressure from a crowd of
supporters of the competing mayoral candidates, who had gathered outside the counting centre.
The standoff resulted in violence and the police had to intervene to restore order. Ultimately, the
CEC decided that all election material should be brought to Tirana and be counted there by the
Bushat LGEC and two counting teams, in the presence of CEC inspectors.
In Gjirokastër municipality, problems were evident even before the start of the vote count, as the
LGEC members nominated by the parliamentary majority did not show up for the count.
Counting commenced only after a CEC representative held a separate meeting with the two main
candidates. Even then, however, the count took place in a tense atmosphere and was occasionally
interrupted. There was also a fist fight among members of a counting team. After the mayoral
results were established on 21 February, tensions were lessened. The count for the council was
completed on 22 February, and the results were aggregated the following day.
In Paskuqan commune2, the LGEC failed to follow a CEC decision to proceed with the vote
count. The CEC then decided to dismiss the LGEC chairperson and file criminal charges against
ten LGEC members. In addition, all LGEC members and the secretary were each fined 30,000
In Durrës municipality, the LGEC failed to take a decision on the election results for mayor; the
LGEC members nominated by the parliamentary majority voted against the tabulation of results,
objecting to the invalidation of 1,189 ballots during the count. On 23 February, the result tables
were signed, but only the six LGEC members nominated by the parliamentary minority voted in
favour. The count for the council finished on 25 February.
In Elbasan municipality, the tabulation and transmission of results was impeded by a controversy
over the counting of one ballot box because the serial number of one of the security seals on the
box did not match the official records. Given the failure of the LGEC to reach a decision on this
ballot box, on 23 February the CEC ordered the LGEC to transport all election material and
documentation to Tirana.
In Hekal commune,4 where the count was also blocked, the CEC ordered the LGEC on 23
February to transport all election material, including the ballot boxes, to the CEC premises
escorted by CEC personnel.
On election day and throughout the counting process, the police forces continued to perform
their duties in a professional manner. They were able to maintain order under circumstances that
were at times difficult, and their involvement was called upon only when tensions resulted in
Es gibt, wenn man die offiziellen Berichte liesst, absolut keinen neuen Bürgermeister in Durres! In einigen anderen Städten ebenso wenig!
Anscheinend ist in Durres, jemand aus Europa eingeschritten und hat die Ernennung des Verbrechers Vangjush Dako, als Nachfolger von seinem Freund und Mafia Boss Lefter Koca verhindert.
Der frühere Beitrag
Vangjush Dako, gewinnt die Kommunal Wahl in Durres, ist zwar richtig, aber er wurde als Gewinner inzwischen nicht bestätigt.
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