In the parliamentary elections in Albania on Sunday, high voter activity, 20% of citizens voted in the first 4 hours, the Central Election Commission of the country reported.
46 parties and three coalitions are competing for seats in the 140-seat Albanian parliament. About 3.6 million citizens have the right to vote. About 20 thousand people infected with COVID-19, according to the decision of the election commission, will not be able to vote; masks and other protective equipment are mandatory at the polling stations.
Albanian President Ilir Meta was one of the first to vote in Tirana after the opening of the polling stations. He told reporters that “today the whole world is looking at Albania.” Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Socialist Party (SP) Edi Rama came to the polling station in the Tirana suburb of Surel with his wife in a characteristic style – a baseball cap and a tracksuit.
“By 11.00, 20.7% of voters had voted,” the election commission representative said at a briefing. Polling stations opened at 07.00; according to the election commission, out of 5,2 thousand places for voting, more than 230 in the morning were technical delays due to electronic voter identification devices. The counting of votes will begin closer to midnight. Local media reported a 40-minute stop at a polling station in Elbasan, where an unregistered citizen was helping another person vote, and a quarrel between a former police chief in the city of Memaliaj and opposition representatives at a polling station. Several cases of ballots being photographed are also reported.