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Montenegro Elections 2016

In Montenegro's parliamentary election battle on Sunday, veteran leader Milo Djukanovic, who has ruled the country for 27 years, faces a tough challenge to win a seventh term as Prime Minister.

    Voter turnout by 12pm is 29.9 per cent, according to the Center for Democratic Transition in Montenegro.

    Approximately 158,300 people have voted so far, with around 528,000 eligible to do so.

    In comparison, voter turnout by 12pm in the 2013 election was around 20 per cent.
    "Montenegro has been dominated by the regime of one party, and indeed by one man, for 27 years, but many believe that this system, which exchanged its ‘communist overcoat’ for a ‘democratic veil’, combines the worst of both.

    Though free and fair polls are a constitutional obligation in Montenegro, all of the elections held to date in this Balkan country have been marked by countless violations.

    In exchange for votes, state resources have been abused, personal IDs bought, utility bills written off, a blind eye turned to illegal land development, prisoners paroled, welfare distributed, and more."
     
    Sanja Radovic, a coordinator at the Montenegrin watchdog Civic Alliance, writes in an opinion piece for BIRN. Read the full comment here.
    Prominent Montenegrin anti-corruption watchdog, the Network for Affirmation of NGO Sector, MANS, said on Sunday it has filed 19 criminal complaints to the Special Prosecution for Organized Crime related to the "violation of freedom of choice in voting".

    MANS announced it has filed criminal charges against nine people on suspicion of buying ID cards, against four people on suspicion that they offered money or benefits to people in exchange for votes, and against six persons on suspicion of exerting pressure on voters.
    by dusica.tomovic via null edited by emma.krstic 10/16/2016 10:50:32 AM
    Voter turnout reached 39.9 per cent by 1pm, according to Montenegrin watchdog the Centre for Monitoring and Research, CEMI.
    The big question in this election is whether Milo Djukanovic’s Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, will gain enough votes to form an absolute majority in parliament. 
     
    Even if all the minority parties end up joining the DPS, it remains unclear whether the party will manage to retain control, as the opposition is considering forming a grand coalition to oust Djukanovic from power.
     
     
    Montenegrin PM Milo Djukanovic. Photo: Beta.
     
    Following the arrest of former Serbian Gendarmerie commander Bratislav Dikic on Saturday, the Montenegrin prosecution said that it has "reasonable suspicion" that a criminal organisation was formed in Serbia and Montenegro at the beginning of October with the aim of influencing the legislative and executive power in Montenegro.

    The Prosecutor's Office suspects that the organisation planned to attack citizens and police officers, who would be gathered in front of the parliament building once the results of Sunday’s election were announced, and then take over the assembly premises with the intention of declaring that certain political parties had been victorious in the polls.

    "We also suspected that the plan of that criminal organisation was deprivation of freedom of Montenegro's Prime Minister [Milo Djukanovic]," the Prosecutor's Office said.
    by dusica.tomovic via null edited by emma.krstic 10/16/2016 1:46:02 PM
    This high number of voter turnout indicates that general census is 11.427,threshold for minorities is 2666 and 1333 for Croats #electionsMNE
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