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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Electoral reform concluded 11/07/2012
One day before the expiration of the mandate, the Electoral Reform
Commission found the compromise for the consensual amends of the
The three remaining issues
were the usage of technology in elections, the way of taking evidence in
electoral boxes and the reformation of the Central Election Commission.
it happens usually with compromises, the variants that are proposed are
not 100% as each of the parties wanted them. But on a preliminary
evaluation, the opposition has taken more from the compromise.
first big success is the opportunity to use technology for 20% of the
territory. The majority has accepted this, despite the advice of the
ODIHR experts for not using technology before 2014, and not without a
pilot project in a low scale of usage.
This consensus predicts
that the identification appliance should be used during the voting
process in the entire Tirana District, the biggest in the country and
that brings 32 MPs to Parliament. While the electronic ballot count will
be used for the first time in Fier, the second biggest district in the
country that brings 16 MPs to Parliament. The second success of the
opposition s that they have been able to include in this process their
own concept for way how the Central Election Commission chairman will be
This is a new concept that allows the application of
every citizen who thinks that he fulfills the criteria for leading the
CEC. This application will be submitted at the Commission of Laws, the
only organism that gets involved in the procedures for electing the CEC
After receiving the applications, the Commission of
Laws identifies the candidates that enjoy the support of 2/3rd of the
members. If this will be impossible, the Commission of Laws will elect
four candidates that have had the biggest support, and only the
opposition has the right to eliminate two of them and the Parliament
will vote between the two others.
As for the third issue, the
opposition has ceded the concept that two members have the right to open
the ballot boxes each time that they find it appropriate. According to
the majority, this would destroy the elections and the parties decided
to define more specifically what is considered evidence and how it is
related with the facts.
The members will have the right to open
the boxes based only on this concept, by eliminating the opportunities
of abusing during the electoral process. THese changes will be approved
this afternoon at the Electoral Reform Commission, which will apparently
close its mandate with this big consensus, but without taking in
consideration the request of the small parties for correcting the