Pre-election silence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian elections EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR

There is pre-election silence in Bosnia and Herzegovina today before tomorrow's general elections in the country.

About 3,3 million people out of Bosnia's total population of 3,5 million will have the opportunity to decide which Bosnian Serb, Croat and Muslim will represent them in the collective three-member Presidency, which is led on a rotating basis by one of the representatives of the three communities.

According to the Dayton Peace Agreement, which ended the war in BiH (1992-1995), the country is divided into two semi-autonomous parts - the Republika Srpska, inhabited mainly by Bosnian Serbs (31 percent of the entire population of Bosnia) and the Muslim-Croat Federation, i.e. Federation of BiH, where mostly Bosnian Muslims live - Bosniaks (about 50 percent) and Bosnian Croats (15 percent).

In addition to the members of the Presidency, Bosnians will also elect their representatives in the lower house of the national parliament, the parliaments of the two constituent units, as well as in the parliaments of the ten cantons of FBiH. Republika Srpska will also elect a president and vice presidents.

Citizens will be able to choose between 72 parties, 17 independent candidates and 38 coalitions, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced.

Over 3.700 observers are accredited for the elections.

According to the CEC's preliminary estimates, the elections will cost 12.528.000 convertible marks (about 6.264.000 euros).

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