Albanian police say ready to guarantee smooth local elections

Albanian State Police has taken all necessary measures to guarantee a smooth voting process during the local elections on Sunday, Director of Public Order at the State Police Albert Dervishaj said on Friday.

Dervishaj told reporters in a press conference that Albanian State Police has a detailed action plan and has taken all necessary measures to guarantee a successful electoral process.

Dervishaj underlined that a total of 7,779 police officers were trained to be engaged with election assignments.

Dervishaj explained that on June 15 the State Police has sent to the Central Election Commission the list of the police officers who will be engaged to insure the 5,417 voting centers across the country.

Dervishaj stated that the State Police will assist the long-term observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR) and other observers, so that they have access and monitor the electoral process.

Moreover, Dervishaj emphasized that the Electoral Code of the country does not allow any political party or organization to hold demonstrations or rallies one day before the election date and the day of the elections.

Albanian citizens will head to the polls on Sunday to choose the new mayors that will administer 61 municipalities across the country.

The ruling Socialist government has decided to hold local elections, whereas the main opposition parties, the Democratic Party and the Socialist Movement for Integration are boycotting, saying they will try to block the elections.