Small parties piggyback while large strengthen

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Parliamentary elections in Montenegro are scheduled for October and parties are already announcing independent or combined performances on them. While some take pride in standing alone, others see their chance in the election partnerships. In such a situation, the legitimacy of election association is questionable, and so is its true purpose.

The interlocutors of Dnevne Novine daily, although conflicting on whether the law should ban pre-election coalitions, all agree on the fact that they serve small parties to enter parliament, while enabling dominance for the large parties.

Electoral legislation in Germany forbids pre-election coalitions. Parties must weigh their strength alone, without the help of other parties to open the doors of the Parliament for them.

DF to be a conservative party

Director of Civic Alliance, Boris Raonic, says it’s not practice to change the electoral law in the election year.

“Some countries have abolished the possibility of making a pre-election coalition, some have increased the threshold for coalitions, and some electoral systems promote them. I say the solution for this situation can be unification of certain parties that are similar in program”, Raonic said for DN.

He believes DF should merge into a single conservative party, while smaller parties which, which according to him already act as DPS satellites, should also unite under her, because there’s virtually no difference among their programs and activities

Gjenero for the abolition of pre-election coalitions

The census a party in Montenegro must pass in order to enter parliament is three percent. For some parties, skipping this threshold is possible only if they couple with a more powerful party.

Political analyst Davor Gjenero believes that any party that wants to participate in the elections must have the strength prescribed by the electoral census in Montenegro, three percent.

Those parties which do not have the strength to cross the threshold and are not parties in the true sense of the word, he says, and should therefore not be allowed into the Parliament.

“On the other hand, large parties also profit from these coalitions, but in a way, they too are deceiving their voters, forming coalitions to get the position of the dominant political party, and dominant political methods are used to convert votes into mandates”, concluded Gjenero.

As an opponent of the abolition of pre-election coalitions, Rofessor Vladimir Goati proposes another solution – to raise the threshold.

“In order to obtain abundant state funding, parties enter into pre-election coalitions. However, when they enter parliament, they do not even have to cooperate, and they only want to receive state funds at all levels where they operate. Therefore, the solution is to raise the threshold”, concluded Goati.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro