Voting in Albania’s parliamentary elections ended at 7 p.m. local time on April 25, and Albania’s Central Election Commission announced that turnout for the day was 47.94 percent, slightly higher than in the parliamentary elections four years ago.
Statistics released by Albania’s Central Election Commission show that 172,0503 Albanians, or 47.94 percent of the electorate, cast their ballots in the day’s elections. In the 2017 parliamentary elections, the number of voters casting ballots was 1613,960, or 46.77 percent of the total number of voters.
This represents a slight increase in turnout in the parliamentary elections compared to the previous one. Albania’s Central Election Commission says the counting will be completed within the next 48 hours.
The Albanian Parliament has 140 seats and is re-elected every four years. A total of 1,841 candidates represented 12 political parties, coalitions of political parties and independent candidates.
There are 5,199 polling stations throughout the country, with more than 3.6 million voters.
After the day’s voting, several political parties claimed victory in the election. Ilirjan Celibashi, head of Albania’s Central Election Commission, said in an interview that it was too early to predict the outcome, but that the process was calm and safe.
For the first time in its history, Albania used an electronic voting system, with some 23,600 people voting electronically in the capital Tirana, but 144 polling stations experienced technical problems during the election process.