The First Instance Court in Durrës has refused to confirm the mayoral mandate for Socialist Party candidate, Valbona Sako.

The latter won the election on June 30 against her Democratic Conviction rival, Valbona Sakollari.

But, according to the official documents, the Court has argued that the process is not legal, as the Democratic Conviction was registered after the official deadline, making these elections null.

The judges estimate that the Democratic Conviction was registered in court on 25.04.2019, after the registration deadline for the June 30 elections had passed.

Given the circumstances, the Durrës court has declared the election result invalid, though it is likely that this decision will be appealed.