Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and opponent Lulzim Basha vote in the country's election. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. The frontrunners in Albania's parliamentary election cast their votes on Sunday (June 25), as the ruling Socialists and rival Democrats both sought a majority to push through judicial reforms vital for membership of the European Union. The race pits Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama against the centre-right Democratic Party of Lulzim Basha. Neither party won the 70 seats needed for a majority in the 2013 or 2009 election. Polls opened at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) and will close at 7 p.m. Exit poll results are expected shortly after polls close, with the first official results due on Monday (June 26). Opinion polls give Rama's Socialists the edge over the Democrats, but it is not clear whether he could garner enough support to win an outright majority. Rama and Basha have said they will jointly ask the European Union to advance towards accession. They have not said whether they might rule together in a coalition.