Albanian president urges recount and investigation of invalid votes

Albanian President Ilir Meta (L) flashes a victory sign as he casts his ballot at a polling station in Tirana, Albania, 25 April 2021. [EPA-EFE/Malton Dibra]

Albanian President Ilir Meta has demanded a recount of invalid votes in the 25 April elections in Albania, has reported.

In a statement on Sunday, Meta noted that the percentage of invalid votes in the last elections was more than twice as high as in the previous elections in 2017 and 2013, adding that a recount would increase people’s trust in the elections and democracy. Invalid votes in the 2013 elections amounted to 1.39% of the cast votes. It rose to 1.98% in 2017, and 5% in the 25 April elections. 

The governing Socialist Party (SP) won 74 seats and can form a new cabinet for a third straight mandate, without any coalition partners. SP called on the president to resign after the elections. During the campaign, SP and Meta became involved in a heated exchange. 

“It is easy to understand whether a [ballot] paper has two crosses on it, and whether they were both made by the same hand or by two different hands, i.e. the hand of the sovereign voter and the hand of the middleman or those [party-assigned] administrators who intended to infringe on the vote of the sovereign,” Meta said.

(Željko Trkanjec |

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