According to notifications by observers of the Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC), the voting process continues in the VCCs that they are monitoring.
Preliminary monitoring data highlight that the voting process has been generally calm, while some irregularities have been found in procedures followed by electoral administration bodies at the local level, which highlight the lack of knowledge of the Electoral Code, particularly by members of the Voting Center Commissions.
Also, the electronic media has reported about some incidents and some statements of a propagandistic nature, which is in contravention with article 77 of the Electoral Code, which talks about electoral silence.
AHC suggests to electoral subjects to contribute to the prevention of any activity or attempt that would harm the smooth conduct of the electoral process, particularly during the voting process. AHC suggests that restraint and maturity be demonstrated. Potential conflicts may and should be resolved in accordance with the law and the principles of the rule of law.
Meanwhile, citizens with the right to vote should exercise this constitutional fundamental right free from any influence and in a calm environment that guarantees free, fair and secret vote. AHC encourages citizens and suggests to representatives of electoral subjects that any claim regarding the phenomenon of vote buying is denounced to police and prosecutor’s office bodies, in order to have full and comprehensive investigations for their verification.