On Wednesday the Central Election Commission in Sarajevo decided that the general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be held on October 2nd according to the old election law, which means that Bosnian Muslims will elect representatives for the Croat population.
Bosnia and Herzegovina's Central Election Commission called a general election for October 2nd yesterday. The elections will be held according to the existing Election Law, which does not adhere to the rulings of the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights as it does not ensure equal voting rights for the Croat people. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković addressed the issue with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Warsaw on Thursday.
"I reiterated Croatia's position that it is not good that elections have been called, while in the meantime no agreement and consensus has been reached between political parties on reforming the election law so that Croats enjoy equal status in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is a position we have been advocating for years, constantly and firmly, and I think it is clear to our partners that the situation we are in after yesterday's decision is not good or useful for Bosnia and Herzegovina's functionality. But we will continue to address the issue and to advocate for the rights of Croats in our talks with them, as we have been doing for years," the prime minister told reporters after his talk with Von der Leyen.
President Zoran Milanović also commented on the crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina today: "It may seem like I'm whining, but I'm not! I will not keep quiet about these things! Yesterday the elections were called in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to criminal procedure! And now the President of the European Commission will come and laugh in our faces? Would you agree that Čović be the representative of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina? I don't care! And the same goes for Dodik. In fact, I see a danger with Dodik, because he is being attacked by Karadžić and Mladić's followers! They are the worst of the worst, and they will come to power if Dodik is leaves! Dodik did not persecute Muslims and Croats. For me, at the moment, he is a partner! I have been telling you this for a year now!"
The issue was addressed at a Conference on the Future of Europe event in Mostar yesterday, with participants agreeing that the decision is unconstitutional, and that solutions to return them to a legal framework are available. Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said that the Central Election Commission in Sarajevo cannot assume the prerogative of lawmaker, be the relevant administrative body that adopts and supplements legislation to fill the vacuums created when the Constitutional Court removed those sections as unconstitutional, and cannot be the body that will fill seats in the House of Peoples.
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