Experiment for political support
At the electoral campaign peak for local elections in Albania, even Minister Bledi Cuci couldn’t stay away from supporting his party members. At the campaign vertex, this minister inaugurates two service offices with the excuse of a pilot experiment. The first one located in Ishem, Durres, and the second one in Bradashesh, Elbasan. Both municipalities were definitely required by the socialist party, since with the new territorial map, these areas had important impact for the election of Mayors. Why these two municipalities were chosen instead of other areas with larger demographic or regional variety? We will never now why. Why didn’t they choose one municipality in the north and one in the south for example? Or why not choosing another one with more business avtivities and one with more population density? Choices that would have made more sense than the two real ones. Still it is undoubtedly commendable the One Stop Service Office initiative. Always more these reception offices can avoid bureaucracy wandering of citizens.
During the same month, the minister held a presentation related to the Territorial – Administrative Reform. A presentation during which nothing concrete was said, except the general routine rhetoric “… The ministry has prepared a guidance manual for all steps in the first days and months after the constitution.” Or like the PM’s rhetorical phrase” These new developing economic units will be an extremely valuable instrument to address the need for a new approach towards natural resources and for a diversified approach, according to territories and their specifications. It is worth to say that this organization like never before, has been prepared with high exclusive authority and more responsibility sense from the government, to make it available to the new choosen candidates and local congregations, as an instrument to face the transition shock. Briefly, none of the abovementioned sentences clarifies how the transition from the old system to the new one is legally going to happen. Old units functioning bylaws and regulatons can’t apply automatically at the new units. Because, legally speaking, the old bylaws have died with the old local government units. This means, after June 22nd the 61 city halls have the right to legally exist, but don’t have any rights to function or operate. Every institutional action without a legal basis, is a violation not only to the Constitution on articles 108, 113 dhe 115 of local government, but practicly goes out of the rule of law principle that allows the governance through laws and not speculations.
In conclusion, somewhere on the official website can be found the new statistics of www.stopkorrupsionit.al, and however, no one in the state public communication bodies answers to these four questions?
The ministry shows that 3853 notfications have been closed.
- What does it mean “closed”?
- What’s the after verification ratio between the favourable and non-favourable cases?
- If there has been any case in which the notifying citizen was, what happened at the relevant official?
- How many officials, verified as corrupted, have been warned, suspended or fired?
Meanwhile no one in the media, opposition or civil society asks these questions.
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