U.S. Embassy Statement on Local Elections (June 22, 2015)

U.S. Embassy Tirana

The United States congratulates the citizens of Albania for peacefully exercising their democratic right to vote in the local elections on June 21, 2015. Counting of the votes is continuing and we call upon democratic institutions to ensure a speedy and thorough certification of the results.

The voting on Election Day was without major incidents or acts of violence. We echo the OSCE/ODIHR preliminary findings on the local elections and share their concerns about vote buying, allegations of pressure on voters, politicized electoral institutions, and other irregularities.  We encourage the government and political parties to work to address these findings and other ODIHR recommendations.