The Democratic Party began selecting candidates for MPs, thus de facto marking the start of the election campaign.
The leadership of the Democratic Party approved the way of selecting the candidates for deputies, where the main role is played by the membership.
This process is expected to be completed in late September, and for the first time a commission will be set up to evaluate the candidacies.
The leadership of the Democratic Party approved the instruction for the selection of candidates for deputies and mayors, where the main role will be played by membership.
This process will last until September 30 and goes through 4 main stages.
The first stage is to identify and propose candidates by members.
Each member has the right to propose a candidate. Even those individuals who have not been nominated by the membership have the right to self-promotion.
The second phase envisages the establishment of the Commission for the Evaluation of Candidates, a body that will be set up at the headquarters of the Democratic Party, and is expected to be headed by Genc Ruli.
This body verified the fulfillment of the criteria for each proposed or self-proposed person, and then the list passes for consultation to the branches.
The guideline provides for the criteria to be met by candidates, which can be distinguished criteria related to the prominent social profile in the Branch or District, high moral integrity and high professional preparation; decriminalization and decommunization standards.
This is where the third phase begins, the "one member one vote" vote. At this point there will be no pro vote but a protest vote.
"A candidate who has more than 20% 'contested vote', in relation to the total number of Party members in that Branch or Region, is removed from the list of confirmed candidates and is included in the list of candidates whose approval is postponed."
After the voting process, the list of candidates will be made official in the leadership of the Democratic Party and will be cast for approval in the national council.
The instruction states that party structures remain neutral and do not affect the process.
Here the Democratic Party leadership has decided to exclude branch presidents and secretaries from running.
Any of them who want to be part of the race can resign from the functions and get involved in the process.
In the meeting of the presidency, Lulzim Basha described this as the most important process undertaken by a political party in Albania, based on the best democratic practices, through which membership is strengthened, its role is increased and a connection and strong accountability between elected and party member.