Next year’s local government elections in Albania should act as a test for the recommendations made by OSCE/ODIHR, in order for them to be used for the general elections too. One of these recommendations concerns electronic voting. This has been the positioning of OSCE Secretary General, Thomas Greminger during a press conference delivered in Tirana, when he was asked on the issue of electronic voting. “The recommendations made for the 2013, 2015 and 2017 elections should act as a starting point. For us, it’s very important to see these recommendations included in the electoral reform and electoral laws”, he said.
Meanwhile, the OSCE top official added that “this form should be applied at once in order for work to begin as soon as possible, to be effective and to offer necessary time for the testing and implementation of these recommendations in the local government elections”. According to him, the electoral reform in the country requires a legal framework which delivers high standards, ready to be implemented in future elections. On the other hand, as far as the European integration process is concerned, the head of this European organization declared that “OSCE is here to support Albania in its reforms”, considering them as “an important tool which could speed up Albania’s integration path”. During the meetings that he held in Tirana with Albanian senior officials, OSCE representative praised Albania for drafting the bill which protects national minorities. In the meeting with Interior minister, Fatmir Xhafaj, he also praised the current progress of the vetting process in Albania. “I’m impressed by the efforts and the results achieved so far in the vetting process and the fight against organized crime. We’re ready to offer our support in the future”, Greminger said.