2018 Montenegrin presidential election

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.

2018 Montenegrin presidential election

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Turnout63.92% (Increase0.02pp)
  Milo Đukanović in 2010.jpg M Bojanic speech, Podgorica, 2018. Cropp.jpg 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

Electoral systemEdit

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.

CampaignEdit

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, 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 Democratic Front for the 2016 parliamentary election. On 21 March Danilović ultimately withdrew his candidacy and supported Bojanić's candidature.

CandidatesEdit

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

Opinion pollsEdit

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 debatesEdit

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 

ResultsEdit

 
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]

Candidate Party Votes %
Milo Đukanović Democratic Party of Socialists 180,272 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 List 1,363 0.41
Invalid/blank votes 5,997
Total 340,459 100
Registered voters/turnout 532,599 63.92
Source: DIK
Vote share
Đukanović
53.90%
Bojanić
33.40%
Vuksanović
8.20%
Others
4.50%

By municipalityEdit

Municipality Đukanović
DPS
Bojanić
Ind.
Vuksanović
SDP
Milačić
PCG
Kalač
SPP
Miličković
Ind.
Dedeić
SL
Total
valid
votes
# % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Andrijevica 2,048 66.66 901 29.33 59 1.92 44 1.43 1 0.0 2 0.07 17 0.6 3,072
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 21,082
Berane 7,192 46.61 7,325 47.48 440 2.85 336 2.18 42 0.27 22 0.14 72 0.47 15,429
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 24,633
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 9,651
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 8,325
Danilovgrad 4,773 52.94 3,339 37.04 581 6.44 230 2.55 13 0.14 31 0.34 48 0.53 9,015
Gusinje 1,331 85.54 56 3.59 118 7.58 7 0.45 43 2.76 0 0 1 0.06 1,556
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 14,532
Kolašin 2,201 47.32 1,963 42.20 322 6.92 117 2.51 9 0.19 16 0.34 23 0.49 4,651
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 10,255
Mojkovac 2,839 54.18 2,106 40.19 178 3.39 78 1.49 7 0.13 11 0.21 21 0.4 5,240
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 40,864
Petnjica 2,382 83.46 80 2.80 234 8.19 10 0.35 142 4.97 2 0.07 4 0.14 2,854
Plav 2,829 66.45 707 16.61 486 11.41 72 1.69 146 3.43 7 0.16 10 0.23 4,257
Plužine 542 29.44 1,183 64.25 53 2.88 41 2.22 2 0.1 9 0.49 11 0.59 1,841
Pljevlja 9,477 51.89 7,721 42.28 576 3.15 294 1.61 83 0.45 26 0.14 84 0.46 18,261
Podgorica 54,532 50.90 38,752 36.17 8,717 8.13 3,698 3.45 327 0.30 707 0.66 386 0.36 107,119
Rožaje 8,454 76.56 343 3.1 986 8.93 22 0.2 1,219 11.39 6 0.05 12 0.1 11,042
Šavnik 804 58.90 497 36.41 33 2.41 25 1.83 2 0.14 1 0.07 3 0.22 1,365
Tivat 3,907 54.04 2,070 28.63 850 11.75 270 3.73 21 0.29 61 0.84 51 0.7 7,230
Ulcinj 7,353 77.87 820 8.68 1,100 11.65 71 0.75 54 0.57 32 0.34 12 0.1 9,442
Žabljak 1,161 47.58 950 38.93 55 2.25 51 2.1 5 0.2 7 0.3 11 0.45 2,240
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% 334,462
Source: Vijesti

ReferencesEdit