Albania: United Opposition also calls for no delays in ratifying June 5 Agreement

Albania: United Opposition also calls for no delays in ratifying June 5 Agreement

Today, the United Opposition issued a statement expressing its readiness to continue the debate and work in the Political Council on any issue and issues related to the elections, starting today, but without obstructing or delaying the adoption without changes, as soon as possible, of the Agreement of 5 June.

“The United Opposition confirms its support for the June 5 Agreement and the repeated appeal of the strategic partners for approval to the Assembly as soon as possible, without changes and without unilateral constitutional changes. The constitutional amendments, drafted unilaterally by the Socialist Party, outside the Political Council and after the June 5 agreement, annul the agreement reached between the parties. These unilateral constitutional changes run counter to the 30-year tradition of adopting electoral rules, which have always been implemented with restraint and consensus, in order to increase public confidence in elections and strengthen pluralistic democracy”, the statement notes.

The United Opposition also states that “the adoption of the Electoral Reform, comprehensive and consensual, is also a request of the European Union in order for negotiations to kick off. The United Opposition has and seriously and in good faith remains committed to achieving this important goal for the country, and has substantially contributed to the fulfillment of this condition. This common achievement must not be undermined by narrow political interests. The political agreement of January 14 and the agreement of June 5 reached with the help of the US and EU strategic partners must be fully respected and remain unchanged by all parties”.

“According to these agreements, the issues agreed on 5 June must be ratified without changes and without further delay, to enable the implementation of new electoral provisions, including the establishment of a new Central Electoral Commission and the start of work on the implementation of biometric recognition of voters. “Consequently, any further discussion under the agreement cannot delay or prevent the codification of the June 5 agreement and must be in line with the recommendations and best practices of the OSCE and the Venice Commission”, the statement penned by the Opposition notes.

The United Opposition also adds that “we reaffirm our position that, if the Socialist Party is actually interested in discussing other issues related to Electoral Reform, it is obliged by the January 14 Agreement and the June 5 Agreement to submit them for discussion and consensual decision-making in the Political Council. The parties agreed to continue the work on the Political Council in point 11 of the agreement of 5 June. The United Opposition expresses its willingness to continue the debate and work in the Political Council on any issue and issues related to the elections, starting today, but without obstructing or delaying the approval without changes, as soon as possible, of the agreement of the 5th June”. /ibna