Elections in Montenegro: 2020 Parliamentary Elections

Polling station in Podgorica, Montenegro, during the 2018 presidential election © Alexey Vitvitsky / Sputnik via AP

Montenegrins will go to the polls on Sunday, August 30, to vote for 81 members of Parliament. The elections were initially expected in October but are taking place earlier as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though polling stations are required to implement safety measures, concerns are growing as the country faces a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

Montenegro’s politics continue to be polarized, with political parties defining themselves by their pro-Western or pro-Serbian/Russian orientations and national identity playing a large role, especially following the passage of the controversial Freedom of Religion Law. Endemic corruption and weak institutions have also created an opening for Russian influence and disinformation.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Montenegro: 2020 Parliamentary Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • What is at stake in these elections?
  • What is the electoral system?
  • What are election authorities doing to safeguard the elections and voters during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • When will official results be announced?

Learn more about IFES’ programs in Montenegro and follow @IFES_Europe on Twitter.

Learn more about IFES' COVID-19 Survival Guide for Democracies and follow #COVIDxDemocracy for new analysis and innovative solutions during this time of uncertainty.

Published on August 20, 2020.

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