Albania

Parliament

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
25.04.2021
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
09.09.2021
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.04.2026
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
140
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,841
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
1,109
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
732
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
39.76%

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
3,588,869

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister Edi Rama’s Socialist Party of Albania (PS) retained its majority, winning 74 seats in the 140-member Parliament. The PS thereby secured an unprecedented third term for the first time since 1991 when the country resumed multi-party elections. The Democratic Party (PD), led by the former Mayor of Tirana Lulzim Basha, increased its share of seats from 43 to 59. On the contrary, the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI, see note 1) reduced its share from 19 to 4 seats. The number of women increased from 39 (27.86%) in 2017 to 47 (33.57%) in 2021.

The 2021 elections, which were held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, were the first to be conducted under the amendments to the Electoral Code adopted in October 2020 (see note 2). President Ilir Meta (independent, formerly LSI, see note 3) criticized the government handling of the pandemic. He stated he would resign if the PS won the elections. Prime Minister Rama promised to accelerate the rollout of coronavirus vaccines. The major electoral issues in 2021 included the country’s accession to the European Union, measures to boost the country’s tourism, infrastructure, as well as anti-corruption measures. 

Note 1:
The LSI, which was formed in 2004 by Mr. Ilir Meta, is a splinter party of the PS. When Mr. Meta was elected President in 2017, his wife Ms. Monika Kryemadh took over as party leader and has retained the position ever since.

Note 2:
Although the proportional representation system was retained, regional constituencies were introduced, instead of the previous single nationwide constituency. The threshold to win parliamentary representation was lowered from 3 to 1 per cent of valid votes nationwide. 

Note 3:
On 9 June 2021, the outgoing legislature (the term of which is due to expire on 9 September) reconvened and voted to impeach President Meta, for allegedly violating the Constitution ahead of the 2021 elections. On 14 June, Parliament forwarded its decision to the Constitutional Court which shall rule on the impeachment within three months.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
4
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
52.86%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Socialist Party of Albania (PS)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Socialist Party of Albania (PS) 74
Democratic Party (PD) 59
Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) 4
Social Democratic Party of Albania (PSD) 3
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
93
Number of women elected
47
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
33.57%
Other notes
Preliminary results.
Women Directly Elected
47

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
93
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
47
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
10.09.2021
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Lindita Nikolla (Female)
Political party
Socialist Party of Albania (PS)
Date of election
10.09.2021