On August 11, 2022, the Coalition for Reform, Integration and Consolidated Institutions (KRIIK) published the Statement “The failure of the Electoral Reform Commission, an alarm bell for the upcoming elections and other reform processes necessary for the country”.
In the Statement, KRIIK points out that the political and de-facto failure of the activity of the Special Parliamentary Commission for Electoral Reform, contrary to the promises and the commitments made, which constitutes an absurd, totally unserious and quite concerning moment for the highest institution of the country, the Parliament of Albania.
In the Statement, KRIIK emphasizes that before the current Legislature of the Assembly of Albania major political and constitutional responsibilities are laid and expected to be developed, returning to normality the functioning of the state and our democratic system; an approach which seems to be missing, as long as the Albanian deputies are reluctant to accept the power and play their role given by the Constitution of the Republic, that they represent the delegated will of the sovereign in the Parliament.
The intentional failure of the Commission seems to be in continuity of undoing the aspirations of the Political Agreement of June 5, 2020, avoiding the public and institutional discussion of major issues that affect the freedom of voting and the integrity of the elections, as well as maintaining the status quo in Albanian democracy, therefore the same standards and expectations will be offered to Albanian citizens in the next local elections.
In closing the statement, KRIIK points out that in these very important moments for the future of the country and democracy, in relation to the regional and international challenges, it is necessary for Albanian politics to show high vision and prudence, leaving behind as soon as possible the conflictual politics of minor, personal interests and the propaganda of the day, giving the right space and encouraging the normal legal and democratic functioning of mechanisms, institutions and all actors and factors in society in the function of a living and functional democracy .
It also calls on the parliamentary political parties, in particular the political leadership of the majority and the Head of Government, to exercise and develop their political and institutional responsibilities to operationalize democracy in the country, undertake and make continuous efforts to develop and ensure a significant political dialogue, politically agreed visionary approaches and then concretize them in open reform processes in the parliament, where the meaningful and comprehensive participation of citizens and other actors with expertise is ensured.
The full text of the Statement in .pdf document can be downloaded HERE.
Tirana on 11.08.2022!