CEMI - Centar za monitoring i istraživanje

Report on Preliminary Findings and Conclusions - First round

23. Mar. 2023. in publications

The Center for Monitoring and Research (CeMI) accredited a total of 1,283 observers for the monitoring of the electoral process for both rounds of the presidential elections, while 450 observers monitored the electoral process in the first round. The mission consisted of a core team composed of: (1) the head of the mission, (2) the deputy head of the mission, (3) an election expert, (4) a legal expert, (5) an electoral administration expert, and (6) a network coordinator of observers. CeMI also engaged a network of local coordinators. As part of the presidential election monitoring project, CeMI developed a web and mobile application called “Fair Elections” (www.ferizbori.me), through which citizens and observers could report observed irregularities or violations of their voting rights. The application also enabled citizens to follow live projections of election results and to be informed about their voting rights. The Center for Monitoring and Research CeMI wishes to express its gratitude to the British Embassy in Podgorica for financially supporting the citizen monitoring project of the presidential elections and enabling the implementation of this mission. CeMI also wishes to express its gratitude to all representatives of the electoral administration, state authorities, political parties, international observer missions, and domestic non-governmental organizations with whom cooperation was established in carrying out this mission. The findings presented in this report represent the views of the authors and CeMI, and not necessarily the views of the aforementioned donors. The Center for Monitoring and Research CeMI is a non-governmental organization established in March 2000 that has continuously conducted citizen election monitoring since 2000. CeMI has observed all national elections since 2001, except for the presidential elections held in 2013. Additionally, CeMI is a founding member of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO) (www. enemo.eu), which it chaired from 2017 to 2022. The President of CeMI is a member of the Executive Board of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (2018-2023) (www.gndem.org). Through ENEMO and OSCE ODIHR, CeMI members and experts have participated in numerous international observer missions as experts, long-term and short-term observers, and CeMI’s expert has been the head of international observer missions eight times (Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, Armenia, and Kosovo).