The  State Election Commissioner, Mr. Ilirjan Celibashi and the Deputy Commissioner, Mrs. Lealba Pelinku held a press conference about the results of the cross-checking of Electronic Identification Devices used in the by-elections of March 6, 2022.

Ms. Pelinku described the process of the cross-checking of PEI data and highlighted that the results of this process will be incorporated in the report that will be submitted to law enforcement bodies to identify cases suspected of attempting double / multiple voting. At the end of the cross-checking of PEI data in March 6, elections, the result is 47 suspected cases. 

March 6, 2022 elections data 

According to Pelinku,  the goal of the implementation of voter identification technology was implemented,  was successfully met. 

Commissioner Celibashi presented the data regarding the turnout in the elections of March 6, 2022, the preferred voting  hours, the data on the voters’ gender and the voters age groups. He also presented the data collected for April 25, 2021 parliamentary elections. 

 April 25, 2021 elections data 

Celibashi stressed that the implementation of voter identification, voting and electronic counting technology was successfully implemented by the CEC, a finding which was mentioned in OSCE-ODIHR report. 

Asked about the implementation of  electronic voting and counting in the whole country, Celibashi answered that it is a decision made with the will of political parties. What the CEC suggests as a second phase is the  implementation of  electronic voting and counting partially in some municipalities. 

Commissioner Celibashi added that the CEC has encouraged and will continue to encourage political actors to start the electoral reform as soon as possible, as delays in this regard will directly affect the work of the Central Election Commission and other institutions, which have election related responsibilities based on the Electoral Code.