Regarding the invitation of the NGO Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) that the Agency for Prevention of Corruption significantly increases the transparency of the election process and takes a responsible approach to performing all important activities related to the presidential elections, the Agency hereby announces the following:
Since the announcement of the election day for the President of Montenegro, the Agency has continuously monitored the fulfillment of the legal obligation of the seven-day reporting on the consumption of budgetary consumer units at the state and local level, particularly issued travel orders, as well as a fifteen-day reporting on social welfare payments and spending of the budget reserve.
The aim of these activities is the transparency of the use of public resources in the election campaign, and therefore the Agency has set the priority that all these seven-day and fifteen-day reports are published and made available to the public. The Agency is focused on continuous control and communication with taxpayers and possibly warning them in order to publish the mentioned reports.
For the first two seven-day periods since the announcement of elections, all budget spending units have published analytical cards from the accounts in their possession. The Agency assumes that information of CDT on bodies that have not published reports relate to the date of the expiry of the third seven-day deadline for their publication.
In this regard, the Agency points out that it has warned all taxpayers who did not publish the reports on that day and that, after the Agency warning, all taxpayers have fulfilled their legal obligations, concretely they have published or submitted reports to the Agency.
Also, due to the need for easier access to those reports of the taxpayers on the website, the Agency will publish a list of the figures obliged to publish seven-day and fifteen-day reports, the basic information provided in their reports, as well as the links on which the reports can be found at the end of this week.
The Agency particularly emphasizes that it has prepared and implemented the Control and Supervision Plan for the election campaign for the presidential election. The Agency will publish the Plan after the
Council session at which the document will be discussed. We remind that the Agency has published Control Plans for all previous electoral processes.
Lastly, the Agency reminds that the Director of this institution has established a Working Group to monitor the election process that holds regular meetings. The Agency invites all interested parties, including NGOs, to attend these meetings and present their suggestions, findings and possible suspicions of non-compliance with the law during the election campaign, in order for the Agency to immediately take the measures foreseen by the law and to correctly inform the public about the activities of this body in controlling the financing of the election campaign.