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Albania: OSCE And Tirana Say Poll Preparations Going Well

Tirana, 19 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - Albanian and international officials said today that preparations for general elections scheduled later this month are going well despite a tense atmosphere in the country.

Thimjo Kondi, secretary of the Central Electoral Committee, said there were no technical problems which could put the elections in doubt and that the main problem for Albanian authorities was how the vote will proceed on election day.

Mark Smith, a spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), also said the electoral process was on course but expressed concern about security following growing violence in recent days.

Albanian police said today 13 people had fallen victim to violence during the previous 24 hours.

Unrest in Albania was sparked by the collapse of fraudulent investment schemes earlier this year. The June 29 general election is aimed at ending the crisis.