What is the punishment for breaking electoral silence?



Electoral silence began at midnight. This means that until Sunday 8 pm, when polling stations are set to close – there should be no talk of politics in the media.

Milica Kovačević of CDT explained what this means in practice.

“The law stipulates that the election propaganda through the media and public gatherings shall cease 24 hours before the election day.

The legal person who contravenes this provision is punishable by a fine of 2.000 to 20.000 EUR.

In practice, electoral silence means a ban on political campaigning in a period preceding the holding of elections. The essence of this institute is to give voters quiet conditions, deprived of political agitation, to consider and decide who to vote for”, Milica Kovačević wrote.

There are 528.817 citizens eligible to vote in Montenegro.

Compared to presidential elections held in April of 2013, the number of citizens eligible to vote increased for 17.412.

Most of the voters are located in Podgorica – 132.692, then in Nikšić – 58.605 građana. The least are in Šavnik – 1.747, MINA Agency reports.

There are 4.256 voters in Andrijevica, 37.807 in Bar, 23.686 in Berane, 40.497 in Bijelo Polje, 16.401 in Budva, 14.370 in Cetinje, 12.815 in Danilovgrad, 4.560 in Gusinje, 24.993 in Herceg Novi, 6.677 in Kolašin, 18.067 in Kotor and 7.188 in Mojkovac.

In Petnjica there are 6.324 voters, in Plav 9.143, in Pljevlja 26.467, in Plužine 2.584, in Rožaje 21.791, in Tivat 11.227, in Ulcinj 19.735 and in Žabljak 3.186.

Ministry of Interior Affairs stated that 121.176 had their polling station changed.

These will be the tenth parliamentary elections since multi-party system was introduced in Montenegro, and the fourth since Montenegro regained its independence.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro