Depoliticization of the electoral administration is imperative for Albania

Depoliticization of the electoral administration is imperative for Albania

Tirana, 14 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

The depoliticization of the electoral administration, at a time when in Albania, this administration is built based on the proposals of political parties, must become one of the main issues which need to be addressed, says Lefterije Luzi, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC).

Luzi says that this depoliticization must be done not only because it is the main recommendation of OSCE/ODHIR, but also because it is necessary to improve  the administration of the electoral process.

“Today, when the country is a NATO member and aspires for EU candidacy, electoral commissions still have a political basis  and the existence of legal room which enable them to function based on political behavior, I would consider as an abnormality, which continues to have an impact on the standards of electoral processes”, Mrs. Luzi says.

The head of CEC says that professional training of not only electoral commissioners, but of other players too involved in this process, has a direct impact in improving the standards of the electoral process.

Therefore, she sees the opening of a center for electoral training and the certification of electoral knowledge acquired by individuals who are involved the electoral process, as a necessity. /