Next month, Albanian members of Parliament (MPs) will vote on a proposed law to exclude people with criminal convictions from holding public office, according to the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).
Shortly after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) issued a largely positive statement praising yesterday's parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, three of the mission's 28 members took the dramatic step to publish a critical counter-statement.
Chaos reigned this week in the aftermath of two key polls in Bulgaria in which senior politicians alleged widespread foul play and vote-counters complained of being held hostage for up to 48 hours.
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko's political party and the pro-Russian Opposition Bloc have accused each other of electoral fraud after Sunday's local elections were postponed in some areas of the country.
A Dutch institute has confirmed the authenticity of an audio tape that appears to feature a regional prime minister in Bosnia proposing to buy votes, according to the leader of the opposition.
Months after a tape recording seemed to show vote-buying by a regional prime minister in Bosnia, the investigation drags on while business continues as usual.
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