Montenegrin presidential election, 2018

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Montenegrin presidential election, 2018

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Turnout 63.92% (Increase0.02pp)

  Milo Đukanović in 2010 (cropped).jpg Mladen Bojanic.jpg Draginja Vuksanovic.jpg
Candidate Milo Đukanović Mladen Bojanić Draginja Vuksanović
Party DPS Independent SDP
Popular vote 180,274 111,711 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 of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) was elected as President of Montenegro in the first round.

Electoral system[edit]

The President of Montenegro 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] A new president is elected every five years, and only is eligible for two terms.

Campaign[edit]

Incumbent president Filip Vujanović is 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, he 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 Bojanić's candidature as an independent candidate, for opposition unity, which they have refused. From SDP replied that Bojanić was not a completely independent candidate, alluding to his support for the Democratic Front for the 2016 parliamentary election. On 21 March Danilović withdrew his candidacy and support Bojanić's candidature.

Candidates[edit]

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 seven-times PM. Leader of DPS, Government candidate.[13]

Opinion polls[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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]

Candidate Party Votes %
Milo Đukanović Democratic Party of Socialists 180,274 53.90
Mladen Bojanić Independent 111,711 33.40
Draginja Vuksanović Social Democratic Party 27,441 8.20
Marko Milačić True Montenegro 9,405 2.81
Hazbija Kalač Justice and Reconciliation Party 2,677 0.80
Vasilije Miličković Independent 1,593 0.48
Dobrilo Dedeić Serb Coalition 1,363 0.41
Invalid/blank votes 5,998
Total 340,462 100
Registered voters/turnout 532,599 63.92
Source: DIK
Vote share
Đukanović
53.90%
Bojanić
33.40%
Vuksanović
8.20%
Others
4.50%

References[edit]