11 Points of the agreement reached by Albanian politics on electoral reform and administration

11 Points of the agreement reached by Albanian politics on electoral reform and administration
Members of the Council for Electoral Reform shaking hands
 The agreement approved last night by the political council for the Electoral Reform contains 11 points, which include the accepted changes and the status quo for other issues.

Oculus News revealed the agreement, according to which it was agreed on the biometric identification of the voters and the Central Election Commission has agreed, while the election administration will remain unchanged.

1.-Electronic identification
The ODIHR recommends that the Political Council start with the transition to electronic identification, voting or counting with a pilot program that includes no more than 20% of the voters the Council suggested. However, parties are committed to supporting the implementation of electronic identification that involves 100% of voters in the upcoming elections to the extent that it is technically applicable.

2 - Central Election Commission (CEC)
The CEC will have a deputy commissioner, who will be in charge of determining the applicability and implementation of the biometric identification of voters. The deputy commissioner should have joint and equal responsibilities with the leader for the selection, monitoring and implementation of biometric identification for voters. The Vice President should monitor and oversee the recruitment and training scheme for commissioners, assisted by an international expert. Another international expert will support the CEC and the deputy commissioner in training in implementing biometric voter identification.

3– CEC
The CEC structure should consist of the Regulator (five members); Appeal (five members); and an exclusive chairman and executive vice president. Members will agree on a majority-minority proportion to the regulatory and appellate bodies. The state commissioner will be elected through consultations.

4 - Counting teams
Two non-political officials, one counting while the other helps, change roles in each ballot box. The remaining members will be either two monitors, each from the government and the opposition, or three observers, each from the government and the opposition, or one monitor from the four main parliamentary parties that emerged from the 2017 election.

5 - Voting centers
Two members of the commission have limited rights and responsibilities in monitoring and contesting (the title will be determined) one by the government and one by the minority, and three determined by lot by the CEC, of ​​which only one will act as chairman and will make decisions. The other two will serve as assistant to the mayor without voting rights.

6 - Local Electoral Administration Commission (LEAC)
It should have the same structure as the polling stations.

7 - Electoral College
It should be chosen by judges who have gone through the vetting process.

8 - Appeal process
The process of hearing appeals at the Electoral College remains unchanged (ie hearings will not begin in the Constitutional Court).

9 - Depoliticization
There will be no changes in the election administration for the next parliamentary and local elections. Public servants will be able to be part of the election administration in the elections (parliamentary and local) starting from the next election. The ongoing reform of the political administration in Albania will focus on depoliticizing the public service.

10 - Approval
All compromise proposals will be drafted into legal changes that will be reviewed and controlled by the Political Council to properly reflect the agreement, before it passes the parliament, without further changes or amendments. If technical legal changes to these amendments are proposed by parliamentary bodies, must be approved by the Political Council before voting.

11 - Additional measures
The Political Council will continue to discuss in good faith and will try to reach common solutions, where and when it is possible to address the main recommendations of the ODIHR, regarding (1) vote buying; (2) pressure on voters and public administration; (3) misuse and abuse of public administration; (4) covert agreements with criminal groups; (5) freedom and secrecy of the vote; and (6) manipulating and falsifying election results.

The agreed agreement states that the proposal for the transitional government and the director general of the police transit will not be a condition for the approval of the 11 points.

It states that there is no agreement on changing the electoral system.
11 Points of the agreement reached by Albanian politics on electoral reform and administration 11 Points of the agreement reached by Albanian politics on electoral reform and administration Saturday, June 06, 2020 Rating: 5
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