Montenegrin presidential election, February 2003

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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] 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.

The low turnout was caused by an opposition boycott, 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]


Candidate Party Votes %
Filip Vujanović DPSSDP 174,536 84.82
Dragan Hajduković Independent 14,556 7.07
Aleksandar Vasiljević Serbian Radical Party 8,734 4.24
Milan Radulović Natural Law Party 3,218 1.56
Jovan Pejović Independent 1,076 0.52
Milan Šparović Independent 1,037 0.50
Obrad Marković Yugoslav Communists 894 0.43
Milivoje Bakić Independent 942 0.46
Ilija Darmanović Serbian Radical Party of Montenegro 780 0.38
Mihailo Marković Independent 456 0.22
Đorđije Milić Independent 312 0.15
Invalid/blank votes 7,001
Total 212,781 100
Registered voters/turnout 456,981 46.56
Source: IFES