It has come to the attention of the OSCE Presence in Albania that an organization calling itself OKSE is conducting opinion polls and surveys, allegedly on behalf of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), said a statement released by the press office of this institution on Monday.
“The OSCE Presence in Albania wishes to clarify that it bears no relation with OKSE, or any other opinion polling in Albania. The OSCE is not, and would not, engage in electoral polling and disassociates itself from this organization and any of its undertakings in full,” said the statement.
Albania will hold parliamentary elections on April 25 this year and besides the political battle opinion polls have circulated in the country.
“We have informed the relevant authorities of this issue and maintain the right to pursue legal action against the unauthorized usage of the OSCE name or logo. We take this opportunity to inform that the OSCE’s name, emblem, and other logos are the exclusive property of the OSCE, are protected under Article 6 of the “Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property”, and may not be copied, reproduced, displayed or used without the express, prior written permission of the OSCE,” said the statement.