TIRANA, Feb 13 /ATA/ – By I. Vata/ “2017 elections have been up to the standards, yet you need to work on an electoral law in the spirit of consensus, the Chair of EP Monica Macovei stated at the the 12th meeting of Stabilization Association Parliamentary Committee that is taking place in Tirana.
The second day of this meeting presided over by the Chair of EP Delegation , Monica Macovei and Chair of Albanian delegation , Taulant Balla, focused on recommendations of OSCE-ODIHR about issues pertaining to the country and electoral reform.
Consensus on electoral reform
The Chair of EP delegation , Monica Macovei, also dwelt on the recent electoral process and what will come next with the members of majority and opposition debating over the election process.
Some of the recommendations have materialized, however a lot remains to be done. The authorities need to deal with electoral reform. It is needed a thorough analysis of policies, and recommendations in order to move ahead. All of us should work together on the amendments to the law on electoral reform, Macovei said.
She suggested that political parties should cooperate over electoral reform. Some of you have labelled these elections as the worst ever, when the report has not portrayed them this way. A delegation of ours has monitored these elections, which have run smoothly and up to the standards.
For his part, the MEP Eduart Kukan referring to the baseless allegations and disagreement among the political parties in the country over the standards of elections said that June elections were up to the standards.
Co-Chair of Committee on Electoral Reform, Oerd Bylykbashi, said that consensus on election reform is critical to success. “ If there is no consensus over electoral reform and no crackdown on organized crime, electoral reform will not yield results and this failure would be a stain on Albania.
For her part, the DP lawmaker , Albana Vokshi, dwelt on the strategy for integration of Albania. “We have been clear on the opening of accession negotiations despite the abusive stands from this meeting’s co-chairmen. Unlike the previous opposition, we will continue to push the process ahead. Decriminalization has occurred thanks to the opposition’s initiative. We fear that the actions launched by govt. in place are in breach of the constitutional rights,” Vokshi said.
In his remarks, the SP lawmaker Eduart Shalsi cited May 18 agreement as the right way to ensure free and fair elections.
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