2017 Albanian parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Albania on 25 June.[1] They were had initially been scheduled for 18 June, but after a possible boycott was announced by opposition parties during a political crisis that lasted three months, an agreement was reached between all parties on 18 May to change the date.[2] The Socialist Party won 74 of the 140 seats.[3]

2017 Albanian parliamentary election
Albania
← 2013 25 June 2017

All 140 seats in the Parliament of Albania
71 seats needed for a majority
Turnout46.80% Decrease
Party Leader % Seats ±
Socialist Edi Rama 48.34 74 +9
Democratic Lulzim Basha 28.85 43 -7
LSI Petrit Vasili 14.28 19 +3
PDIU Shpëtim Idrizi 4.81 3 -1
Social Democratic Skënder Gjinushi 0.95 1 +1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Zgjedhjet e përgjithshme 2017 (harta qarqeve).svg
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Edi Rama
Socialist
Edi Rama
Socialist

BackgroundEdit

The previous parliamentary elections were held on 23 June 2013 and resulted in a victory for the Socialist Party of Albania-led Alliance for a European Albania, which received 57.6% of the vote, winning 83 of the 140 seats. The opposition Alliance for Employment, Prosperity and Integration headed by Sali Berisha of the Democratic Party received almost 39.5% of the vote and won the other 57 seats. The Socialist Party led by Edi Rama formed the government with Rama as Prime Minister.

Electoral systemEdit

The 140 members of Parliament were elected in twelve multi-member constituencies based on the twelve counties using closed list proportional representation with an electoral threshold of 3% for parties and 5% for alliances.[4] Seats were allocated to alliances using the D'Hondt method, then to political parties using the Sainte-Laguë method.[5]

Demographic changes led to some changes in the number of seats for some constituencies; Tirana gained two seats and Durrës one, whilst Korça, Berat and Kukës all lost a seat.[6]

# County 2016 population Seats
1 Berat 139,815 7
2 Dibër 134,153 6
3 Durrës 278,775 14
4 Elbasan 298,913 14
5 Fier 312,448 16
6 Gjirokastër 70,331 5
7 Korçë 221,706 11
8 Kukës 84,035 3
9 Lezhë 135,613 7
10 Shkodër 215,483 11
11 Tirana 811,649 34
12 Vlorë 183,105 12
Source: Instat (populations)

Contesting partiesEdit

Name Abbr. Ideology Leader
Albanian Democratic Christian Union PBDKSH Eduart Ndocaj
Christian Democratic Alliance ADK Zef Bushati
Christian Democratic Party of Albania PKD Christian democracy Dhimiter Muslia
Communist Party PKSH Marxism–Leninism, Anti-revisionism Qemal Cicollari
Democratic Alliance AD Liberalism, centrism Eduart Abazi
Democratic Party of Albania PD Centre-right, Liberal conservatism, Conservatism, Nationalism, Pro-Europeanism, Economic liberalism Lulzim Basha
Libra Party LIBRA Centrism, Social liberalism, Civic nationalism, Pro-Europeanism Ben Blushi
National Arbnore Alliance AAK Gjet Ndoj
New Democratic Spirit FRD Liberal conservatism, pro-Europeanism Bamir Topi
Party for Justice, Integration and Unity PDIU Right-wing, Nationalism, Ethnic nationalism, Cham issue Shpëtim Idrizi
Party for the Future of the Greek Minority MEGA Kristaq Kiço
People's Alliance for Justice APD Bilal Kola
Republican Party of Albania PR Right-wing, National Conservatism, Pro-Europeanism Fatmir Mediu
Challenge for Albania SFIDA! Centrism, Pro-Europeanism Hektor Ruci
Social Democracy Party PDS Social democracy Paskal Milo
Socialist Movement for Integration LSI Centre-left, Social democracy, Progressivism Ilir Meta
Socialist Party of Albania PS Centre-left, Social democracy, Third Way, Progressivism, Social liberalism Edi Rama

Opinion pollsEdit

NationwideEdit

Pollster Date Sample PD PS LSI PDIU Libra SFIDA! Other parties Lead
Exit poll 25 June 2017 30-34% 45-49% 11-15% 3-5% - - 15%
IPR + Ora News 19 June 2017 33% 48% 13% 1.8% 2.3% 0.5% 15%
IPR + Ora News 7 June 2017 800 37% 45% 13% 1.5% 2% 0.3% 8%
Piepoli 6 June 2017 800 28-32%

41-45 seats

48-52%

69-73 seats

9-13%

14-18 seats

1-2%

2-4 seats

1-3%

1-3 seats

1-3%

1-3 seats

20%
IPR + Ora News 29–30 May 2017 2,002 36% 43% 12% 1.8% 2.3% 1.0% 3.9% 7%

By countyEdit

TiranaEdit

Pollster Date Sample PD PS LSI PDIU Libra SFIDA! Other parties Lead
IPR + Ora News 29–30 May 2017 1,000 33% 41% 14% 1% 6% 1.5% 3.5% 8%

ElbasanEdit

Pollster Date Sample PD PS LSI PDIU Libra SFIDA! Other parties Undecided Lead
American Eye 4 June 2017 1,034 29.2% 46.1% 6.4% 7.1% 0.7% - 3.4% 7.1% 16.9%

ResultsEdit

Parliamentary seats
PS
74/140
PD
43/140
LSI
19/140
PDIU
3/140
PSD
1/140
 
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Socialist Party of Albania 764,750 48.34 74 +9
Democratic Party of Albania 456,413 28.85 43 –7
Socialist Movement for Integration 225,901 14.28 19 +3
Party for Justice, Integration and Unity 76,069 4.81 3 –1
Libra Party 19,806 1.25 0 New
Social Democratic Party of Albania 14,993 0.95 1 +1
New Democratic Spirit 5,146 0.33 0 0
Sfida për Shqipërinë 3,546 0.22 0 New
Republican Party of Albania 3,225 0.20 0 -3
Social Democracy Party of Albania 2,473 0.16 0 0
Christian Democratic Party of Albania 2,421 0.15 0 –1
Party for the Future of the Greek Minority 2,287 0.14 0 0
People's Alliance for Justice 1,505 0.10 0 New
Communist Party of Albania 1,026 0.06 0 0
Albanian Democratic Christian Union 924 0.06 0 New
Christian Democratic Alliance 767 0.05 0 0
Democratic Alliance Party 547 0.03 0 0
National Arbnore Alliance 351 0.02 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 31,898
Total 1,613,810 100 140 0
Registered voters/turnout 3,452,324 46.75
Source: CEC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Presidenti Nishani e dekreton: 25 qershori data e zgjedhjeve parlamentare". gsh.al (in Albanian). 21 May 2017.
  2. ^ Agreement unveiled, Parliamentary Elections on June 25 Albania Daily News
  3. ^ Albanian Socialists to get parliamentary majority, partial vote count shows Reuters, 26 June 2017
  4. ^ Election Profile IFES
  5. ^ Electoral system IPU
  6. ^ Harta e re elektorale, një mandat më pak Kukësit, Korçës e Beratit Shqiptarja, 3 December 2016