Zlatko Vujovic, a political analyst, said on March 8 that there had never been more incidents connected to a local vote in Montenegro than in the run-up to local polls in Niksic, scheduled for March 14.
Vujovic said to BETA that the election in Niksic had assumed the role of a parliamentary vote, and that the importance that no local polls deserved had been attached to it.
The election in Niksic is the first after a parliamentary vote that forced President Milo Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists to step down after 30 years in power. Tensions are running high in Montenegro's second largest city, and incidents happen on a daily basis.
"Everyone wants to know if voter support to the Democratic Socialists will continue to spiral down, and if the parties comprising a new parliamentary majority will solidify their triumph. We have some new actors, too, Miodrag Daka Davidovi's party and a group of candidates unofficially supported by Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic. The results of the March 14 election will send a clear message to all of them," said Vujovic, president of the Center for Monitoring and Research.