From: Exit Staff
Constitutional Court to Review Validity of Albanian Local Elections

The Constitutional Court has accepted to review the validity of June 30th local elections, in a case submitted by the President of the Association of Mayors of Albania, Voltana Ademi.

Ademi, who is the only mayor from the 2015 elections remaining in office, appealed to the Constitutional Court on July 18, 2019. She asked the court to invalidate the June 30 elections for having being held in violation of President Ilir Meta’s decisions to postpone them to October 13th.

The president cancelled the June 30 elections and assigned a new date, October 13, 2019, following opposition’s boycott of elections, ongoing protests, and his assessment that the government risked not being able to guarantee due process.

The case of June 30 elections is the second case accepted to be reviewed by the Constitutional Court since it became barely functional in November 2019. It earlier accepted to review the constitutionality of special laws regarding the demolition of the National Theater.

Local media reported that of 52 cases submitted, the Constitutional Court has refused to review 50 of them.

The decision on whether to accept cases for review is made by 3 members of the Constitutional Court. However, reviewing cases requires a minimum of 6 members. The Constitutional Court of Albanian has only 4 members.