Polling stations open for Bosnia's local elections

Polling stations opened in Bosnia and Herzegovina at 7 am on Sunday for local elections at which slightly more than 3.2 million registered voters have the right to elect new local authorities.

The voting will last until 7 pm.

Voters will elect 131 municipal heads and ten mayors as well as 3,163 members of municipal and town councils and the assembly of Brcko District.

More than 30,000 candidates, nominated by 102 political parties and 103 coalitions, are running in the elections as are 171 independent candidates.

Residents of the southern city of Mostar, around 92,000 of them, will not participate in the local elections because the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011 abolished some of the provisions of the city statute that made it possible for smaller city districts to elect the same number of members of the city council as districts with a larger number of residents.

Since then, Croat and Bosniak politicians have been negotiating, unsuccessfully, a new election model for Mostar. Due to the failure of those talks, there is no legal basis for organising new local elections in that city.

As many as 70,000 monitors, including 300 from abroad, are observing the elections.

The turnout by 11 am was 16.17%. 

The Central Election Commission  (SIP) is expected to announce preliminary election results at midnight.

Last update: Sun, 02/10/2016 - 14:22

More from Balkan

Slovenia erecting panel fence along Croatia border

Slovenia started putting up a metal panel fence at its biggest border crossing with Croatia, Bregana-Obrezje, on...

Dodik to abandon EU path if Bosnian Serb entity sanctioned for referendum

The President of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Serb entity Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, on Friday threatened that the...

Serbia will not increase accommodation capacity for migrants

Serbia has been given additional funds by the European Union to manage the migrant crisis during the winter, but it...

Athens clearing up centre after overnight anarchist riots

The centre of the Greek capital Athens was being cleared up Thursday after a night of rioting by anarchists that...

Macedonian elections set for December 11

Macedonia's parliament Tuesday set December 11 as the date for elections, local media reported.