Tirana, 5 February 2015 - The Albania Parliament in its plenary session of 28 January, approved the draft decision "On the approval of the composition of Special Committee on Electoral Reform."
The Coalition for Promotion of Women and Youth in Politics welcomes its establishment because of the importance the legal reform has for Albania, among whose tasks will be to draft amendments to the electoral law, as well as the treatment of the recommendations of OSCE / ODIHR reports on 2013 parliamentary elections and 2015 local elections.
The Coalition has demanded months ago the opening of the electoral reform, to make possible changes in the Election Code, related especially to the establishment of a gender quota on national level.
However, what it’s observed and that constitutes a public concern, is that Albanian Parliament and parliamentary parties continue to behave in discriminatory way towards women deputies, excluding them from equal participation in important and decision-making parliamentary committees. The Special Committee on Electoral Reform is composed by 10 members, of whom 9 men and only 1 woman. Also both co-chairs of this committee are men.
The Coalition for Promotion of Women and Youth in Politics, express its regret for the unequal gender representation in the Committee’s composition and presidency. The inequality between men and women in the composition of the Committee will affect the electoral reform which may not fully reflect a gender perspective, requirements and expectations of Albanian women, who constitute the 50% of voters in the country. The recent decision of the Parliament shows that we are far from achieving equal representation between men and women in political and decision-making processes in Albania.