Montenegro holds key parliamentary elections

Niwandinda Daniel
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Electors in Montenegro went to polls on Sunday for the country’s parliamentary elections.
From 07:00 local time, people of Montenegro came out to 1,217 voting stations to elect 81 members for the parliament from 11 participating parties and coalitions.
According to the State Electoral Commission, 540,026 people are eligible to vote. By 20:00 when the polls closed, a total of 409,880 citizens used the electoral right, with the turnout standing at 75.9 percent.
The recent opinion polls showed a sharp decrease of support to the country’s long-ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) led by current President Milo Djukanovic.
A survey conducted in early August by Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), a local NGO, showed that the electoral list “Decisively for Montenegro! DPS – Milo Djukanovic” led by Prime Minister and DPS deputy leader Dusko Markovic has 35.3 percent of the support among the respondents, while the opposition coalitions “For the Future of Montenegro” and “Peace is Our Nation” have 24.7 and 16.5 percent of support respectively.
The campaign for the current elections was held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which prevented larger rallies and shifted the attention to the internet.
Due to preventive measures, all voters are obliged to disinfect their hands prior to voting, wear facial masks and keep distance.

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