18.07.2021 – 17:30
The request of the Socialists and Democrats to rewrite the Electoral Code, at least in some of its legal provisions, is seen as a necessity by the State Election Commissioner. The first thing that is required from Ilirjan Celibashi is that the changes be undertaken at an early period, in order to enable the CEC to fulfill its obligations.
“The first thing they have to do if they intend to change the electoral code, they have to do this as soon as possible, in order to leave time for the electoral administration to prepare the elections not as if it were a war, as if we are in a alarm situation, to prepare them as if the elections are prepared in a normal country from the point of view of democracy, political development, political debate, electoral race, after all “, said Celibashi.
The expected changes, for Ilirjan Celibashi, should include the reorganization of the Central Election Commission itself, and especially for one of the most essential processes, that of complaints.
“I think that there should be an address to the way the election administration is organized and functions, including the Central Election Commission, but mostly in its second and third level, the way election complaints are handled, I think there should be a reconsideration of this aspect. In my assessment, in terms of time, it creates a kind of problem, as well as in terms of a kind of efficiency in reviewing complaints. ”
Equally necessary, the State Election Commissioner sees the intervention in the election law in: “The issue of conduct of public administration in the election period, the financing of political parties, and not only for the election campaign.”
Pending the conclusions and recommendations of the OSCE-ODIHR report, the CEC itself is in the process of analyzing the pros and cons of the April 25 election process, from the successful implementation of technology to the non-realization of the immigrant vote, the debate for the ballot paper or the violation in many cases of the decision for prohibited activities.