On Sunday, April 25, Albanian voters will go to the polls for parliamentary elections. The elections are critical for Albania’s European future due to ongoing efforts in the European Union accession process.
Deep polarization in the previously elected Parliament culminated in the departure of opposition members in February 2019 due to claims of voter fraud and vote buying in the 2017 elections and high-level government corruption. The upcoming elections will highlight the ruling and main opposition parties’ divisions over electoral reform, emigration, corruption, unemployment and political interference with the media.
To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Albania: 2021 Parliamentary Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- How is the election management body protecting the elections and voters from COVID-19?
- What is the election management body doing to strengthen its technology and procedures to resist vulnerabilities and counter foreign interference?
- What provisions are in place that support the equal rights of women, persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups?
- When will official results be announced?
Published April 20, 2021.