Minister Cancels University Elections amidst Pressure by Students and Academic Staff

On Friday, Minister of Education Besa Shahini cancelled elections in all universities planned to be held on June 12. She is expected to set a new date for elections at a later time.

Shahini was pressured to postpone the elections by students and some of the academic staff due to students’ inability to vote for their university rectors, faculty deans and members of the senate. The government has extended the state of emergency for two more months until June 23, and universities are closed.

Holding elections under these circumstances would have been illegal.

The Minister argued she cancelled the date in order to guarantee students’ vote at a later date.

Ministry of Education order to postpone university elections
Minister’s order to cancel university elections