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As the deadline for submission of electoral lists in Montenegro nears, OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights announces it will oversee the elections.
Geert-Hinrich Ahrens, the head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission, said that 12 observers would monitor the elections, before and on the day of the vote, and that they would remain in Montenegro until the end of October.
The observer mission will follow the entire electoral process, the work of electoral administration, minority participation, the resolution of any disputes, and the role of the media in the election campaign.
As observers, the ODIHR delegation "will not carry out systematic or comprehensive observation of the voting," or count votes on the election day.
Montenegro's early general elections have been called for October 14, at the initiative of the ruling coalition, which seeks a fresh mandate for the country's EU accession talks which started at the end of June.
The deadline for submission of the electoral lists in September 19.
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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