February 2003 Montenegrin presidential election

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Turnout46.73% (election invalid)
Nominee Filip Vujanović Dragan Hajduković
Party DPS Independent
Popular vote 174,536 14,556
Percentage 84.50% 7.05%

President before election

Filip Vujanović (acting)

Elected President

Filip Vujanović (acting)

Early presidential elections were held in the Republic of Montenegro on 9 February 2003, after the December 2002 elections had been declared invalid due to insufficient voter turnout.[1]


The low turnout was caused by a boycott by the major opposition parties, voters being disillusioned with politics, and poor weather conditions on polling day which resulted in 80 polling stations in mountainous areas being closed due to snow.[2]


Although Dragan Hajduković was a member of the Greens of Montenegro, he ran as an independent.

Filip VujanovićDemocratic Party of Socialists174,53684.50
Dragan HajdukovićIndependent14,5567.05
Aleksandar VasiljevićSerbian Radical Party8,7344.23
Milo RadulovićNatural Law Party3,2181.56
Jovan PejovićIndependent1,0760.52
Milan ŠparovićIndependent1,0370.50
Milivoje BakićIndependent9420.46
Obrad MarkovićYugoslav Communists8940.43
Ilija DarmanovićSerb Radical Party of Montenegro7800.38
Mihailo MarkovićIndependent4560.22
Đorđije MilićIndependent3120.15
Valid votes206,54196.72
Invalid/blank votes7,0013.28
Total votes213,542100.00
Registered voters/turnout456,98146.73
Source: IFES


Although Filip Vujanović won the election with 85% of the vote, turnout was less than the required 50%, so the election was declared invalid.[1] Fresh elections were called for May 2003, when the turnout rule was abolished.