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Draft suggestions on the electoral reform in Albania regarding election management bodies (EMBS)

For over more than two decades, Albania has applied a multiparty management model of elections, where the balanced party affiliation of members of the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) is considered as a necessary condition to guarantee fairness and transparency of the electoral process. Meanwhile, the model itself has contributed to the monopolization of elections by political parties. For this reason, de-politicization of the electoral administration has already become a prerequisite for the conduct of free and fair elections, and practically constitutes the number one recommendation of the reports produced by relevant local and international observers of elections in Albania.

Consequently, the current electoral reform should address this problem and guarantee the independence of the election administration. According to the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections and for Sustainable Democracy (CFFE), the model of election administration should be adjusted following six principles: 1) de-politicization that entirely removes political parties from election management does not form a model of compromise; 2) the Ad Hoc Committee on Electoral Reform should be primarily responsive to the public interest; 3) the administration of elections is strengthened if the hierarchical relation of the election administration is strengthened, and if its responsibilities, control and accountability are clearly identified, legally and not politically; 4) the modernization of the electoral process and the introduction of technology should be treated primarily as positive objectives, as long as they are not regarded as the solution to all problems; 5) the discussion on the use of technology can not pursue political interests; 6) the electoral reform should also elaborate the legal, organizational and administrative measures to be adopted if the introduction of technology in the next elections fails.
The main pillars where the electoral reform should focus are:

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Koalicioni për Zgjedhje të Lira e të Ndershme dhe për Demokraci të Qendrueshme parashtron sugjerimet për reformën zgjedhore: nevoja për rritjen e pavarësisë së organeve të administrimit zgjedhor

Tiranë, 20 Shtator 2016 Koalicioni për Zgjedhje të Lira e të Ndershme dhe për Demokraci të Qendrueshme (KZLN) organizoi sot tryezën e rrumbullakët me temë "Pavarësia e Organeve të Administratës Zgjedhore në Shqipëri", në kuadër të projektit "Dhoma Zgjedhore për Reformën Zgjedhore".
Në këtë event, që hapi dhe siparin e tryezave të organizuara në kuadër të projektit të Dhomës së Situatës Zgjedhore, u prezantuan sugjerimet kryesore të KZLN në lidhje me rritjen e profesionalizmit dhe depolitizimin e organeve të administrimit zgjedhor. Depolitizimi i administratës zgjedhore dhe ngritja e komisioneve jopartizane, përbën dhe rekomandimin e parë të raportit të OSCE/ODIHR mbi Zgjedhjet Vendore 2015.

The Comprehensive Reform a Necessity The Electoral Administration should be freed from the Influence of the Political Parties

Tirana, 15.09.2016. The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections and Sustainable Democracy (CFFE) closely monitored the electoral process of the Partial Elections for Mayor in the Municipality of Dibër, on September 11, 2016. This process was very important as it was organized one year after the 2015 Local Elections, and very close to the 2017 Parliamentary Elections, but more importantly, on the eve of an electoral reform which is necessary to ensure free and fair elections in Albania, according to the much needed international standards.

CFFE accredited 10 volunteers' long-term observers, to monitor the electoral process, focusing on the electoral campaign, the work of the election administration in preparing and holding elections and the vote counting process. These phases of the electoral process have constantly been subject to the observations and recommendations of local and international observers.