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Albania counts parliamentary election votes

 Ballot boxes are transported to counting offices in the Albanian capital Tirana after voting ended to elect 140 new lawmakers Sunday, June 28, 2009. ...
 Ballot boxes are transported to counting offices in the Albanian capital Tirana after voting ended to elect 140 new lawmakers Sunday, June 28, 2009. ...

ALBANIA ELECTIONS

Ballot boxes are transported to counting offices in the Albanian capital Tirana after voting ended to elect 140 new lawmakers Sunday, June 28, 2009. ...

ALBANIA ELECTIONS

Ballot boxes are transported to counting offices in the Albanian capital Tirana after voting ended to elect 140 new lawmakers Sunday, June 28, 2009. ...

Albania held parliamentary elections that were free of incidents that could threaten the tiny country's bid to join the European Union, officials said Monday.
There was no clear winner after Sunday's vote, which was seen as a crucial test of the Balkan country's democracy and readiness for EU membership.
Early exit polls conducted by three international companies indicated Prime Minister Sali Berisha's Democratic Party was in the lead, but official results from about 20 percent of ballot boxes counted by 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) indicated the Democrats were in a close race with the opposition Socialist Party.
"Voting and counting process until now have been free of incidents," Central Election Commission spokesman Leonard Olli said.
Ballots were being counted electronically for the first time in Albania and would take longer than expected, he said.
Election authorities gave no preliminary turnout figures, though the number of Albanians who voted was thought to be higher than the 49 percent that turned out four years ago.
Albania was under intense international pressure to make sure the vote was fair and free of the reports of fraud that have marred previous elections. Albania became a NATO member on April 1 and is seeking to join the 27-nation EU.
About 500 election observers planned to present a preliminary report Monday.
Some 4,300 candidates representing 34 political parties are vying for the 140 seats in Parliament.


Updated : 2021-08-02 02:25 GMT+08:00