Sunday, March 29, 2009
As of 5:00 p.m., 49.6% of Voters had Voted in Parliamentary Elections
As of 17.00, voter turnout in parliamentary elections has reached 49.6% or about 240,120 citizens, which is 0.3% more than parliamentary elections in 2006 when, as of 17.00, the right to vote had been used by 49.3% of voters. The highest turnout is in the northern region at 52.8%, in the central region, 49% of registered voters have voted, and in the south 45.2%.
As of 17.00 in local elections in Nikšić, 54.5% of registered voters have voted, in Herceg Novo 47.4%, in Tivat 39.5%, and in Budva 55.2%.
At polling station no. 14 (in the Hotel Samački buidling), no. 1 and no. 101. (Electricity Company I and II) 113 (the former supermarket Dalidej) in Nikšić, the name of the voter is being announced out loud in violation of Article 69 of the Law on Councilor and MPs.
n front of polling stations no. 1 and 101 (Electricity Company I and II) in Nikšić, there is a billboard of a political party 20 meters from the entrance of both of these polling stations.
Also, in front of polling station no. 7 (Hotel Mogren) in Budva, there are three billboards of one political party less than 50 meters from the entrance to the polling station.
In Article 69 of the Law, it is stipulated that, within 50 meters of the polling station, it is forbidden to display symbols of political parties and other propaganda material that could influence the orientation of voters.
Posted by Conference Organizer at 12:45 PM
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No one will be disappointed if Albanians win, but there are those that are more preferable than others (i.e., FORCA).
Let's be honest here, Albanians will NOT fill all five seats in Parliament, so those 2-3 that are filled must be done so by teh best possible candidates. Albanians they MUST be, period! But those Albanians MUST also be the highest qualified with the most expendable resources available to them.
If the last four years is any prelude to for what we can expect in the next four, then all the incumbants should be voted teh hell out!
what of malesia ?????????????
PODGORICA (Reuters) - Montenegrins began voting on Sunday for a government to take the Balkan country toward European Union membership and counter effects of the global crisis.
Following the 2006 election, political parties agreed to hold the next vote by the end of 2009, but the government moved it forward, saying the path to EU membership required a fully functioning government and parliament. Opposition parties and analysts say the coalition also wanted to win re-election before the effects of the global recession worsen.
About 489,000 registered voters will be able to choose 81 lawmakers from among 16 political parties and coalitions. Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) and close at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) and first unofficial results are expected shortly after voting ends. Balloting will be monitored by 1,200 local and international observers.
Opinion polls put the Coalition For a European Montenegro led by Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic in the lead with more than 50 percent of votes, enough to rule alone.
Djukanovic has dominated political life in the Adriatic nation of 670,000 people for two decades and says he wants to win quick EU membership after applying in December.
At a rally on Friday, Djukanovic pledged his coalition "will combat the crisis, safeguard the core of our economy, back prospective companies and secure pensions."
Montenegro's economy, especially the tourism sector, has grown robustly since 2006 when it ended its loose union with Serbia, but in common with much of the Balkans it faces a possible recession this year.
Many voters see Djukanovic's commitment to EU membership as the best way to protect the country from economic crisis.
Ana Stijovic, a 70-year-old retired schoolteacher from Podgorica, was among the first to vote at a polling station in city center.
"I voted for Djukanovic and his men because they are capable of safeguarding the country from crisis and securing pensions and wages," she said.
Podgorica. Most of the leaders of ruling and opposition parties voted in Montenegro’s early parliamentary election by noon,
Serbian Tanjug agency informs.
The leader of the Movement for Changes Nebojsa Medojevic and one of the supporters of governing Democratic Party of Socialists nearly started settling old scores, but the citizens waiting to cast their votes foiled the fight.
Podgorica. Montenegro’s President Filip Vujanovic has said that he expects from the future opposition cooperation in the projects, which are important for all citizens, above all in the handling of the effects of economic crisis, Serbian Blic writes.
After casting his vote in the country’s parliamentary election, he expressed certainty that the victory of coalition For European Montenegro will bring citizens stability, which would be a clear message that Montenegro would continue following the road to European integration. He noted that the victory of the current power would enable Montenegro to continue the road of good international and interreligious relations.
PODGORICA (AFP) – Montenegrins voted Sunday in snap general elections, with veteran Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic vowing to guide the country through an economic crisis and to closer ties with the EU and NATO.
Authorities said polling was slow, with around a third of voters having cast ballots almost half-way through the election in this tiny ex-Yugoslav republic of 650,000 inhabitants wedged between mountains and the Adriatic Sea.
In Sunday's vote, called some 18 months in advance, Djukanovic's coalition is likely to sweep to a landslide victory despite increasingly obvious signs of an economic downturn.
Djukanovic, who is vying for a sixth term as PM at the age of 47, said the poll was "another important day for Montenegro's future."
"I expect citizens to elect a parliament and government which will keep on managing important reforms responsibly and speed up Montenegro's approach to its strategic goal: European standards for citizens," he said.
President Filip Vujanovic called on the opposition to "support projects which are in the interest of all citizens," primarily in "overcoming the consequences of the economic crisis."
But the splintered opposition has accused Djukanovic of trying to win a new term before the full impact of the global economic crisis is felt on a fragile Montenegrin economy heavily dependent on tourism.
"Crime and corruption are bricks that have been holding the foundations of this regime -- if we pull one brick, the regime will fall," said Srdjan Milic of the main opposition pro-Serb Socialist People's Party.
No major incidents were registered, the only event of note being a heated argument between opposition anti-corruption leader Nebojsa Medojevic and a Djukanovic supporter at a polling station in the capital Podgorica.
The opposition, an assortment of parties representing minority Serbs and people fed up with Djukanovic's domination, is in too much disarray to cause an upset, analysts say.
This has left many Montenegrins feeling there is little their ballots can change.
"I will not vote for the first time in a decade as both the regime and the opposition are clueless and have no real plans," said economist Sanja.
Retiree Gojko said he had voted for the opposition for the first time.
"We ordinary people have not seen all those promised changes," he said in reference to pledges after Djukanovic led Montenegro to independence from a union with Serbia in 2006.
But Lela Ojdanic, an administrative clerk, said she had no choice but to vote for Djukanovic.
"Who else? He is the only one capable of leading the country from this crisis and he has showed it so many times," Ojdanic said.
Montenegro applied to join the European Union in December, while also pledging to join the NATO military alliance, which last year invited the country to begin a dialogue on its membership aspirations.
But after an independence-fuelled honeymoon which helped fuel double-digit growth in 2007, Montenegro's economy is being tipped to post growth of 2.0 percent at best during the next two years.
Montenegro has yet to turn to the International Monetary Fund, unlike its former federation partner Serbia and other eastern European nations. The extent of the crisis is only expected to become clear after the elections.
One of the main concerns is the future of Montenegro's largest industrial company, KAP, the aluminium plant which until recently accounted for almost 20 percent of the country's gross domestic product.
In 2005, Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska bought KAP, but an ongoing dispute with the government over further investment and the price of electricity led to a series of strikes and falling production.
More than 1,200 observers are monitoring the polls. The first estimates are to be given shortly after polling closes at 9:00 pm (1900 GMT) while official early results are expected by midnight.
i thought this was for commentary..not plagerism..wtf?
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