Election watch Albania 

RFE/RL Newsline reports:
FIRST-EVER ALBANIAN INDEPENDENT POLL GIVES DEMOCRATS A LEAD IN JULY ELECTIONS. A poll of 1,251 adults conducted recently by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) suggested that the opposition Democrats have a six-point lead over the governing Socialists in the 3 July parliamentary elections, Reuters reported. The survey gives the Democrats 29 percent against 23 percent for the Socialists, with nearly one-third of the electorate still undecided. The news agency noted that the poll is the first independent one held in Albania (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 26 and 28 April 2005). A Socialist spokesman dismissed the survey as being just one of many polls. Opinion surveys in some parts of the post-communist Balkans have often proven unreliable given the high percentage of undecided voters and the reluctance of some respondents to discuss their political views with strangers. PM

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