CEMI - Centar za monitoring i istraživanje

CeMI organizes local consultations with citizens about electoral reform

28. Feb. 2019. in announcements

The Centre for Monitoring and Research (CeMI) is organizing local consultations with citizens in all Montenegrin municipalities, with the goal of understanding the problem and significance of electoral reform and the first consulting will be held on Friday in Herceg Novi.

Local consultations with citizens will be held within the project Let Free Elections Become a Habit! – Building Trust in the Integrity of the Electoral Process in Montenegro, which is being realized with the support of the European Commission.

Local consultations are being organized with the goal of including all interested citizens as to actively contribute to the process of adopting a new electoral reform and stating opinions about it.

This type of communication will make possible for citizens to better understand the problem and significance of a new electoral reform for the entire society. Until now, Montenegrin citizens have not been directly consulted about this question, so this represents an opportunity for them to be included in an intense discussion and point out the problems and possible solutions when it comes to the faults of the current electoral framework and also share their direct experiences when it comes to the electoral process and their voter rights. All the main conclusions will be presented in the form of a report to the members of the Citizens’ Council for Free and Fair Elections, with the goal of incorporating them in the recommendations that the Citizens’ Council will make.

In the process of realizing the local consultations, the partner organization NGO Bonum will be included, particularly in the northern municipalities. The first local consultation with the citizens will be organized in Herceg Novi, on Friday, March 1st (at 10 a.m. in the hall of the Municipal Assembly). All interested citizens are welcome to contribute to the quality of the public discussion.