Albania

Population Statistics

3,029,278

Total Population

454,392

Population with a disability

according to World Health Organization’s 15% estimate

Election Dates

25
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Albania Parliament 2021

2021

11 February 2013

Ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Electoral Code of the Republic of Albania (2008, last amended 2015)

Updated: June 2015

Article 2 states:

“Special institutions” are prisons, places of pre-trial detention, as well as hospitals or other healthcare institutions that accept patients for more than three days.

 

Article 3, section 3 states:

Every Albanian citizen, who has reached the age of 18, including on Election Day, without distinction according to race, ethnicity, gender, language, political conviction, religious belief, physical ability or economic condition, has the right to vote and to be elected in accordance with the rules provided for in this Code.

 

Article 62, section 2 states:

Special institutions constitute a special polling unit. A voting centre in such institutions is established when there are more than 15 voters.

 

Article 108 states:

(1) A voter who, for physical reasons, is unable to perform the voting procedures him/herself may request the assistance of a family member or another voter who is on the voter list for that polling unit.

(2) A person may assist only one voter who cannot vote him/herself.

(3) Before marking the ballot paper, a person who assists another voter makes a statement in the VCC Meeting Records Book that he/ she will vote as instructed, will not influence the voter’s decision, will not make the vote public and has not voted on behalf of any other voter.

(4) Members of the election commissions and the secretary may not help any voter who is unable to vote him/herself.

(5) The mark on the ballot paper shall necessarily be made inside the voting booth.

(6) Within the period of the revision of voter lists, voters specified in point 1 of this article have the right to request the mayor of the local government unit that prepares the voter list for the respective voting centre to register them as voters who cannot vote themselves. The request for registration is accompanied by the official documentation that proves the type and category of disability. The registration as a voter who cannot vote him/herself is carried out to facilitate the voting process for these voters.

(7) In any case, when there are voters registered according to point 6 of this article who have difficulties accessing the voting centre premises, the voting centres shall be designated and organized in such a manner as to guarantee free access for this category of voters. If this is impossible, in compliance with the instructions of the CEC and at CEC expense, the mayors of the local government units appoint support personnel or equipment to guarantee free access.

(8) In case of blind voters, the mayor of the local government unit notifies the CEC on the number of blind voters and their voting centres. The CEC, in accordance with the procedures and deadlines for the distribution of the electoral materials, supplies the commissions of these voting centres with special voting devices that allow the voters to read or understand the ballot paper and to vote independently. A blind voter is informed by the VCC of the manner of voting with special voting devices and is supplied with them upon his/her request. Otherwise, the voter shall vote in accordance with points 1 and 3 of this article.

 

Excerpts from the Electoral Code of the Republic of Albania (2008, amended 2015)