Albanians are tensely awaiting election results which will be announced only on Monday after the long process of transporting votes from the polling station to the counters has taken place. On Sunday voting for the general elections began at 7am local time and continued until 8pm – one hour later than expected as polling station closures were postponed on account of the low turnout. The Central Electoral Commission, CEC, announced at 9pm that the turnout was around 45 per cent. Calculation shows that more than 1.5 million people voted out of a potential 3.4 million in the electoral rolls. In 2013 electoral turnout stood at around 53 per cent, and more than 1.7 million people cast their ballot.
After 8pm, the process of transporting the votes, accompanied by police and party representatives started.
The Sunday voting process started peacefully although some incidents marked the day.
Several incidents were related to the Socialist Movement for Integration, formerly led by Ilir Meta, now the president-elect.
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