Albanian opposition demands a referendum for three projects of the Municipality of Tirana

Albanian opposition demands a referendum for three projects of the Municipality of Tirana

Tirana, 4 March 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

The right wing opposition in Albania has demanded a local referendum on three projects which have been planned by the Municipality of Tirana, controlled by the left wing majority.

The head of the Department for Environment at the Democratic Party, Jamarber Malltezi, told IBNA that he submitted today to the Central Election Commission, the request for a referendum on the expansion of the Artificial Lake in both sides of the University Corpus, the construction of an underground parking lot at the Youth Park and the construction of an amusement park at the Artificial Lake.

Malltezi says that citizens of Tirana will be given the chance to have their say on these decisions, which according to him, are threatening sensitive environmental areas.

In the proposal submitted by DP, citizens are invited to respond to these questions:

  1. Do you agree with the decision of the Tirana Municipality Council for the construction of an underground parking lot at the Youth Park?
  2. Do you agree with the decision to build social-cultural university facilities in both sides of the Polytechnic University Corpus?
  3. Do you agree with the decision to build an amusement park in the heart of the Lake Park?

The request was submitted at the Central Election Commission by the Environment Department and several DP members in the Tirana Municipality Council.

The Democratic Party demands CEC to approve the form which will enable citizens to collect the necessary signatures for the referendum.

In the recent years, there have been several attempts for referendums, but they have never led Albanians to the ballot boxes.

During these 25 years of democracy, two referendums have taken place. The first one for the Constitution in 1994 which was turned down by the people and the second one in 1997 for the reinstitution of Ahmet Zogu’s monarchy, which was also turned down. /ibna/