2018 Montenegrin presidential election

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Turnout63.92% (Increase0.02pp)
 
Milo Đukanović in 2010.jpg
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Draginja Vuksanovic in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro (cropped).jpg
Candidate Milo Đukanović Mladen Bojanić Draginja Vuksanović
Party DPS Independent SDP
Popular vote 180,272 111,711 27,441
Percentage 53.90% 33.40% 8.20%

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Results by municipality
  Đukanović   Bojanić

President before election

Filip Vujanović
DPS

Elected President

Milo Đukanović
DPS

Presidential elections were held in Montenegro on 15 April 2018.[1] Former Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, leader of the ruling DPS was elected as new President of Montenegro in the first round.

Electoral system

The president is elected using the two-round system; if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the first round, a run-off is held two weeks later.[2] In order to submit their candidacy to the State Electoral Commission, potential candidates needed to collect 7,993 signatures.[3] President is elected every five years, and only is eligible for two terms.

Campaign

The incumbent president, Filip Vujanović, was ineligible for re-election, having already served two terms as President.

President of the ruling DPS, Milo Đukanović, who was touted by the media as the election favourite, initially rejected the possibility of running for President.[4]

In March 2018, Đukanović confirmed that he would run for president,[5] supported by DPS' coalition partner, the Liberal Party (LP), as well as other subjects in the government; Social Democrats (SD), Croatian Civic Initiative (HGI), the New Democratic Power (FORCA), Democratic Union of Albanians (DUA) and the Bosniak Party (BS).

After a series of unsuccessful attempts by the entire opposition to nominate a common candidate, it was clear that the opposition would have more candidates. On 9 March 2018, the presidency of Democratic Front (DF) alliance decides to support the candidacy of independent candidate Mladen Bojanić, which was previously proposed by Democratic Montenegro (DCG) and United Reform Action (URA). Presidency of United Montenegro (UCG) has decided to support the previously-announced candidacy of the party leader Goran Danilović, later Presidency of Social Democratic Party (SDP) has consistently supported candidacy of MP Draginja Vuksanović, as first ever female presidential candidate.

From the rest of the opposition have unsuccessfully called upon the UCG and the SDP to withdraw their candidacies and support independent Bojanić as an opposition common candidate, which they have refused. From SDP replied that Bojanić was not a completely independent candidate, alluding to his support for the right-wing Democratic Front list for the 2016 parliamentary election. On 21 March Danilović ultimately withdrew his candidacy and supported Bojanić's candidature.

Candidates

Montenegrin State Electoral Commission (DIK) confirmed seven candidates. Candidate numbers were decided using a random draw on 28 March.[6]

No. Candidate Party Details
1.
Marko Milačić PCG Journalist, president of the extra-parliamentary party True Montenegro[7]
2.
Mladen Bojanić Ind. Independent, former MP. Supported by DF, DCG, SNP, URA and UCG[8]
3.
Hazbija Kalač SPP President of the extra-parliamentary Justice and Reconciliation Party[9]
4.
Vasilije Miličković Ind. Businessman, independent, supported by the extra-parliamentary PUPI[10]
5.
Dobrilo Dedeić SL President of the extra-parliamentary Serb List, leader of Serb Coalition.[11]
6.
Draginja Vuksanović SDP Professor of law, MP of the Social Democratic Party, supported by DEMOS[12]
7.
Milo Đukanović DPS Former President and six-time Prime Minister. Leader of DPS; government candidate.[13]

Opinion polls

Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first, and using the date the survey's fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. If such date is unknown, the date of publication is given instead. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed in bold, and the background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. The lead column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the two candidates with the highest figures.

Date Polling
source
Đukanović Bojanić Vuksanović Milačić Others Lead
29 March 2018 CeDem[14] 50.6 35.5 7.9 2.9 3 15.1

Electoral debates

Date
Time
Broadcaster Candidates
Milačić Bojanić Kalač Miličković Dedeić Vuksanović Đukanović
13 April
20:00
TVCG1  P   P   P   P   A   P   A 
12 April
20:00
Vijesti  NI   P   NI   NI   NI   P   A 
30 March
20:00
TVCG1  P   P   P   P   P   P   A 
    P  Invited/Present    NI  Non-invitee   A  Absent invitee 

Results

Results of election by municipality.
Results of election by municipality.

Milo Đukanović, candidate of the DPS-led coalition, won the election in the first round, winning 53.9% of the vote. Independent opposition candidate Mladen Bojanić came in second with 33.4% of the popular vote, while Draginja Vuksanović (SDP) was third with 8.2%.[15]

CandidatePartyVotes%
Milo ĐukanovićDemocratic Party of Socialists180,27253.90
Mladen BojanićIndependent111,71133.40
Draginja VuksanovićSocial Democratic Party27,4418.20
Marko MilačićTrue Montenegro9,4052.81
Hazbija KalačJustice and Reconciliation Party2,6770.80
Vasilije MiličkovićIndependent1,5930.48
Dobrilo DedeićSerb List1,3630.41
Total334,462100.00
Valid votes334,46298.24
Invalid/blank votes5,9971.76
Total votes340,459100.00
Registered voters/turnout532,59963.92
Source: DIK

By municipality

Municipality Đukanović
DPS
Bojanić
Ind.
Vuksanović
SDP
Milačić
PCG
Kalač
SPP
Miličković
Ind.
Dedeić
SL
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Andrijevica 2,048 66.66 901 29.33 59 1.92 44 1.43 1 0.0 2 0.07 17 0.6
Bar 11,370 53.93 5,580 26.47 3,137 14.88 688 3.26 119 0.56 97 0.46 91 0.43
Berane 7,192 46.61 7,325 47.48 440 2.85 336 2.18 42 0.27 22 0.14 72 0.47
Bijelo Polje 14,386 58.40 7,409 30.08 2,121 8.61 336 1.41 256 1.04 39 0.16 74 0.30
Budva 4,178 43.29 3,942 40.85 1,021 10.58 361 3.74 8 0.08 95 0.98 46 0.48
Cetinje 4,659 55.96 1,860 22.34 1,510 18.14 169 2.03 30 0.36 79 0.95 18 0.21
Danilovgrad 4,773 52.94 3,339 37.04 581 6.44 230 2.55 13 0.14 31 0.34 48 0.53
Gusinje 1,331 85.54 56 3.59 118 7.58 7 0.45 43 2.76 0 0 1 0.06
Herceg Novi 5,983 41.17 6,182 42.54 1,049 7.22 999 6.87 39 0.27 118 0.81 162 1.11
Kolašin 2,201 47.32 1,963 42.20 322 6.92 117 2.51 9 0.19 16 0.34 23 0.49
Kotor 4,766 46.47 3,949 38.51 1,017 9.92 336 3.27 32 0.31 86 0.84 69 0.67
Mojkovac 2,839 54.18 2,106 40.19 178 3.39 78 1.49 7 0.13 11 0.21 21 0.4
Nikšić 22,791 55.77 13,849 33.89 2,773 6.78 1,116 2.73 71 0.17 135 0.33 129 0.31
Petnjica 2,382 83.46 80 2.80 234 8.19 10 0.35 142 4.97 2 0.07 4 0.14
Plav 2,829 66.45 707 16.61 486 11.41 72 1.69 146 3.43 7 0.16 10 0.23
Plužine 542 29.44 1,183 64.25 53 2.88 41 2.22 2 0.1 9 0.49 11 0.59
Pljevlja 9,477 51.89 7,721 42.28 576 3.15 294 1.61 83 0.45 26 0.14 84 0.46
Podgorica 54,532 50.90 38,752 36.17 8,717 8.13 3,698 3.45 327 0.30 707 0.66 386 0.36
Rožaje 8,454 76.56 343 3.1 986 8.93 22 0.2 1,219 11.39 6 0.05 12 0.1
Šavnik 804 58.90 497 36.41 33 2.41 25 1.83 2 0.14 1 0.07 3 0.22
Tivat 3,907 54.04 2,070 28.63 850 11.75 270 3.73 21 0.29 61 0.84 51 0.7
Ulcinj 7,353 77.87 820 8.68 1,100 11.65 71 0.75 54 0.57 32 0.34 12 0.1
Žabljak 1,161 47.58 950 38.93 55 2.25 51 2.1 5 0.2 7 0.3 11 0.45
Totals 180,272 53.90 111,711 33.40 27,441 8.20 9,405 2.81 2,677 0.80 1,593 0.48 1,363 0.41
Source: Vijesti

Aftermath

In its June 2018 report, issued after the presidential election, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, called for election reforms in Montenegro, and for more integrity, impartiality and professionalism in election administration.[16]

References

  1. ^ Montenegro Presidential Election Set for April 15 New York Times, 19 January 2018
  2. ^ Montenegro: Presidential Elections European Elections Database
  3. ^ Miličković ozvaničio kandidaturu RTCG, 6 December 2017
  4. ^ Đukanović ne želi na predsjedničke izbore: DPS ima više dobrih kandidata Archived 26 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine Vijesti, 20 October 2017
  5. ^ Milo Đukanović kandidat na predsedničkim izborima, RTS
  6. ^ Ovo je redosljed kandidata na listiću, RTCG
  7. ^ Milačić predao potpise Archived 14 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Vijesti
  8. ^ Bojanić predao potpise za kandidaturu Archived 14 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Vijesti
  9. ^ Kalač predao kandidaturu za predsjednika Crne Gore, Cdm
  10. ^ Miličković predao kandidaturu, RTCG
  11. ^ Potvrđena kandidatura Dobrila Dedeića Archived 14 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Vijesti
  12. ^ Vuksanović poručila da neće odustati od kandidature Archived 14 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Vijesti
  13. ^ Izbori plebiscit o strateškom pravcu, RTCG
  14. ^ CEDEM: Za Đukanovića bi glasalo 50,6 odsto Archived 30 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Vijesti
  15. ^ Izbori za Predsjednika Crne Gore DIK
  16. ^ Balkan Insight (6 August 2020). "Opposition Faces Uphill Battle in Looming Montenegro Election".