UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Co-chair of the Albanian Parliament’s Electoral Reform Commission, Rudina Hajdari and MP Ralf Gjoni, spoke at a press conference on the draft to change the electoral system, including recommendations from civil society organizations.
During her speech, MP Hajdari said that there has never been a platform in the Albanian Parliament where civil society can come and speak and express its opinion.
“The bill is complementary to some other proposals that have come to the Electoral Reform Commission on this issue. I am pleased, together with MP John, to enable civil society to come to the Albanian Parliament, because the Assembly is of Albanians and not of some politicians. If we are really going to make the change one day, we must return the parliament to the Albanians, ”said Hajdari.
According to her, this initiative paves the way for strengthening democracy in the country, strengthening the rule of law and strengthening justice in Albania, “to have a parliament that restores strength to citizens and not to the authorities.”
MP Ralf John in his speech said that this draft is about the spaces to be created in the Parliament regarding the second pillar of Albanian democracy.
“After the justice reform, the main challenge of all Albanians is the radical change of the electoral system to restore legitimacy to the basic institution of a parliamentary democracy that is Parliament,” John said.
According to John, Albania needs a national proportional system with open lists, “where the citizen chooses the MP he wants”.
“It is not the time for new parties, it is important for the commission to consider this proposal coming from civil society,” said John.
We remind that according to the Albanian Constitution, the deputies are elected through a proportional system with multi-name constituencies.
The Albanian Parliament has set up a special commission on electoral reform tasked with drafting amendments to the electoral legal framework to fully address the recommendations of the OSCE / ODIHR reports and the institutions responsible for the elections.
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