Local Elections, 21 June 2015
Mission at a glance
- Head of Mission: Dame Audrey Glover (United Kingdom)
- 16 core team experts from 11 participating States
- 20 long-term observers deployed throughout the country
- 250 short-term observers requested from participating States
15 May: Opening press conference
18 May: Arrival of long-term observers
19-20 May: Briefing of long-term observers
20-21 May: Deployment of long-term observers
17 June: Arrival of short-term observers
18 June: Briefing of short-term observers
19 June: Deployment of short-term observers
20 June: Familiarization with area of observation
21 June: Election day
22 June: Press conference on preliminary findings and conclusions
24 June: Departure of short-term observers
30 June: Departure of long-term observers
4 July: Departure of the core team
Following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Albania and based on the findings and conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR Needs Assessment Mission, undertaken from 15-17 April, the OSCE/ODIHR has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to the 21 June 2015 local elections.
The OSCE/ODIHR EOM and the OSCE Presence in Albania operate separately under their specific mandates.
The OSCE/ODIHR EOM, headed by Dame Audrey Glover (United Kingdom), consists of 16 international experts based in Tirana. In addition, 20 long-term observers are deployed throughout the country from 20 May 2015.
The mission will observe this election for its compliance with OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections, as well as with domestic legislation. Observers will follow candidate registration, campaign activities, the work of the election administration and relevant state bodies, implementation of the legislative framework, and the resolution of election disputes. As part of the observation, the EOM will conduct a comprehensive monitoring of the media.
The OSCE/ODIHR has requested participating States to second two hundred and fifty (250) short-term observers (STOs) to observe voting, counting and the tabulation of results. Please consult information sheet request for short-term observers for more information and register on the Short-Term Observers Database: http://stodb.odihr.pl
The short-term observers will be deployed throughout the country in multinational teams of two to monitor the opening of polling stations, the voting, the counting of ballots, and the tabulation of results.
The day after the elections, ODIHR will issue a statement of preliminary findings and conclusions at a press conference. A final report on the observation of the entire electoral process will be issued approximately eight weeks after the end of the observation mission.
Co-operation with Other Partners
The Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is planning to deploy observer delegation for these elections.
The OSCE/ODIHR has observed eleven elections in Albania, most recently the 2013 parliamentary elections.