Traditionally, the local elections in Albania have had a low turnout.
With the recent political tension, with the opposition boycotting the June 30th elections, and with the Democratic Party leader appealing citizens to boycott, the turnout is expected to be even lower.
But how much will this low turnout affect the acceptance of the result?
Bledar Skenderi, a member of the Central Election Commission, explains what the electoral code provides for the turnout.
“The current articles of the Electoral Code doesn’t have a threshold about the turnout, to base the validity of the elections on. It doesn’t depend on the percentage of the votes either. The winning candidate will only have to take more votes than the second one”, Skenderi said.
The members of the Parliamentary Commission of Laws, when interviewed by Top Channel, say that they don’t see the turnover as a problem.
“There is no turnover threshold from either the Constitution or the Electoral Code. I think that people will go and vote, regardless of the problems that Albania may have. These are local administrative elections and I have a long experience with them, and I know that the turnover has been relatively law”, said Bashkim Fino, Socialist Party MP. Spartak Braho and Adnor Shameti, both MPs with the Socialist Party, share the same opinion.
The turnover is decisive only with referendums, as provided by law 7866, in 1994, and law 8416, 1998.