Agency for Prevention of Corruption

Report on the conducted supervision during the election campaign in Niksic

June 8, 2021

Acting in accordance with its legal competences, the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, on the basis of the Article 46 of the Law on Financing of Political Entities and Election Campaigns, issued a Report on Supervision during the Election Campaign and Control of Financing of Election Campaigns of Political Entities for the elections held on March 14 in Niksic.

The report, which is available in integral form at the link, contains an overview of the Agency's activities prior to the announcement of elections, data on the conducted control of election campaign financing, supervision over the use of public funds, conclusions and annexes.

Through systematic and comprehensive campaign monitoring, a proactive approach and a strong commitment to transparency, the Agency has made a visible contribution to the credibility and legality of the election process.

During the campaign, in accordance with the adopted Methodology, a substantial and in-depth control of the activities of political entities, their financing and media presentation, collected and spent funds was conducted. Political entities submitted 54 reports, which were controlled by the Agency, making available to the public on its website all those for which it had a legal obligation to publish.

By insisting on the transparency of the use of public resources in the election campaign, the Agency performed field control and direct inspection of government documents, controlled compliance with the Law through statements of responsible persons, and analyzed and systematized 1,750 reports, which were published on the website. A total of 105 proceedings were conducted relating to irregularities and suspicions of violations of the Law.

During the election campaign, five complaints were filed by the interested public, civil society or citizens. The Agency acted on all complaints and forwarded four complaints to another body for further action. One misdemeanor procedure was initiated and 30 misdemeanor warrants were issued.

Taking care of the public interest, the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption will continue to consistently and dedicatedly perform a preventive and control role in the election process, contributing to strengthening the environment of the rule of law and citizens' trust in the rule of law.