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The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe, PACE, is to send an observers' mission to Montenegro – thus being the second international body to announce that it is monitoring the elections along with the OSCE.
A team of 11 PACE parliamentarians are to observe the general elections in Montenegro, scheduled for October 14, Nathalie Bargellini, the assembly spokesperson, told the Podgorica-based newspaper Dan on Tuesday.
PACE's mission will arrive in the republic three days before the elections and its findings will be discussed at the Assembly's session in January.
Next week, it will be known who will head the mission, Bargellini added.
OSCE has also announced that it will monitor the October polls.
Its Office for Democratic Instiutions and Human Rights, OSCE/ODIHR, visited the country from August 14 to 16.
It recommended the deployment of a limited observer's mission, comprising a core team of experts and 16 long-term observers seconded by OSCE participating states.
This means that the mission will visit only a limited number of pollings stations on election day, and there will be no systematic observation of voting and counting of results.
The polls will be the third parliamentary elections since the restoration of Montenegro's independence in 2006.
The deadline to submit electoral lists expires on September 19.
Positive Montenegro, a recently formed party, was the first to sumbit its list to the State Electoral Commission on Tuesday.
Some EU states are likely to see Milo Djukanovics return to frontline politics as proof that Montenegro’s politics have ‘reverted to type’.
State Electoral Commission, DIK, issued its preliminary results on Montenegro's general election, confirming that the coalition led by Milo Djukanovic won most seats.
European Montenegro coalition led by Milo Djukanovic's party has won the general election, according to first results, but will not have enough seats to govern alone.
All polling stations have closed across Montenegro in the parliamentary elections that appear to have passed without major irregularities.
Starting from 7am, half a million voters will decide on a new government, tasked mainly with seeing through the country's EU membership talks and tackling the economy.
The government has responded to the opposition's accusations that Montenegro had in effect surrendered its border territory to Croatia by describing such allegations as pre-electoral manipulation.
Half a million voters will be eligible to vote in Montenegro's upcoming parliamentary election, which is scheduled for October 14.
Civil society organization say that errors spotted on the register of voters are not being corrected, and could influence the outcome of the October general election.
Voters can find out whether they are on the electoral roll simply by sending an SMS or looking on the Internet - though some NGOs say they have uncovered glitches.
Most big parties completed their lists of candidates for parliament on Monday, marking the moment when the campaign kicked off, ahead of the October 14 vote.
Although the chances of a change of power are slim, the October 14 vote may pose a challenge to the party that has run the country since the 1990s.
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