Election fraud: Live footage of Albanian hunger striker camp


7 Responses to “Election fraud: Live footage of Albanian hunger striker camp”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Philippe

    I salute your solidarity with your socialists pals in Albania because it shows you’re a idealistic person but sometime emotions or even ideals can blind you from seeing and seeking the truth !

    If you wanna stick to OSCE report maybe you should learn that on the same document it is written that this were the best elections ever made in Albania (meaning even better than those won by SP leader mayor Rama) and that no sign of manipulation was seen during voting or counting process (does it ring a bell my friend) !

    This has been by far the most transparent elections ever made in Albania not only because every counting process have been aired live and all video-recorded handed over to interested parties but before all because every single one of 20.000 thousand SP commissioners ( add those of other parties this nr can triple) could have raised his/her hand or even signed the result with a note and that could have been enough for that result to be counted for a second time by Central Electoral Commission or by the court.

    Nthg like that ever happened because the counting was so transparent that no one had the reason to contest anything. SP couldn’t found a single evidence of fraud even though it possess the whole counting process in video – recorded material.

    The request for another recount has been denied by the CONSENSUALLY elected judges (given before election by both parties) of a special court because of LACK of EVIDENCE to JUSTIFY a RECOUNT …. a evidence that is still missing !

    After exhausting all legal means and facing the unanimous decision of international community to recognize the Albanian Elections as representing the free will of people, Mr Rama decided to achieve politically what he failed legally.

    There is a big constitutional debate whether the parliament can open or not the boxes just for transparency sake while there’s a court decision denying it … am not diving in that argument because am not a lawyer but I am very much surprised on why Mr Rama is choosing an extreme model of protest like hunger strike while he can still present its case to the Albanian Constitutional Court on whether the parliament can reopen and recount the boxes !

    So far Mr Rama has successfully addressed this court for almost every law passed by government that he thought unconstitutional (most of his member are appointed by Socialist Party during its 8 years of governing) After all that was also the suggestion Mr Rama got from Council of Europe ! Failing to do so in this case and rushing to extreme forms of protest in such a decisive moment for Albania’s integration in EU makes me wonder allot about his agenda !

    I hope Mr Rama understands that the match is over and the result was accepted now we all have to go to work and do our best for the country !

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanking Ms.Philippe Parreno on making this very delicate Albanian situation puplicly debated.
      My thoughts are simple.
      Why do people have to wait 10 months and end up on hunger strike for the simple request of complete transparency over the ballots.
      I would like to reply towards Anonymous #3 message.
      Dear friend, I wonder if you really don’t know the facts or you’re purposly hiding them.
      Every single argument you gave was left in half and emotionally wrong interpreted.
      Anyone who wishes to investigate will see the truth.
      You made a big and long comment and I’ll try to go through it and add what’s missing.
      OSCE added 1/3 (33%)of elections were bad or very bad managed.
      Demochristian Party showed on video the fraud done on north of country, in the south, village named Ruzhdia prosecutions found big frouds as well.
      The election code, which was the regulatory of these elections, was unilaterally not followed, denying the wright request of two members of central elections commission to recount the ballots on few places.
      The request for transparency of these elections from socialist party has started nine months ago on a very democratic and peacefull ways.
      No one goes on hunger strike for pleasure no one sacrifices themself for nothing. There’re more than 200 innocent people including 22 members of parliament asking nothing more than recounting the ballots in order that frouds never to happen again and the persons responsible answer in front of the law for changing the primary law in a democracy, the wright of casting your ballots freely and choosing the canditates on your free will.
      Regards from Toronto Alban Tershana.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “The request for another recount has been denied by the CONSENSUALLY elected judges (given before election by both parties) of a special court because of LACK of EVIDENCE to JUSTIFY a RECOUNT …. a evidence that is still missing !”

    Wrong anon. The “court” you talk about was controlled 3 to 2 by the democratic party, the decision to not investigate was not unanimous. It was only voted by the DP. Furthermore the “consensually” judges you talk about were not judges at all, but rather members of the CEC – Central Election Committee.

    As for evidence you are again wrong. Let me cite you the case of Ruzhdie – a village in which above investigation was allowed. The results were a shame. More than 300 stuffed votes for the ruling party – the individuals who had supposedly voted were according to state records out of the country during election day. I can go on and on on your other points.

    All the opposition is demanding is a fair investigation. They have clearly declared that they do not pretend to overthrow the regime neither do they want to change the results or re-make the elections. They simply want to be able to fully investigate the votes inside the ballot boxes to the records so as they can set a precedent which would make it much harder for election fraud in the future.

  3. WalterBillington says:

    The professors at the University of Essex, both law and government faculties, are excellent with this kind of stuff.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone heard of Pjerin Lumaj, Esq. recently? He is an Albanian-American reporter for the Examiner. He used to write about Albania until the Albanian Muslims threatened to kill him because he was critical of Sali Berisha. We need him now more than ever.

  5. vordan says:

    Just like in UK yesterday.
    Or, better yet, like in Florida several years ago.

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