The State Electoral Commission today changed the voting instructions, allowing polling station boards to count and accept ballots that have not been stamped by the board.

This is in clear violation of the electoral code. One member of the SEC, Krenar Lega, who was nominated by the Alliance of Albanians, protested the decision and walked out of the meeting. All other members approved the proposal.

Boards are required to stamp the ballot before giving it to the voters. Accepting unstamped ballots could allow some forms of election theft such as chain-voting.