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04 Oct 2018 | 06:14 PM UTC

Bosnia-Herzegovina: General elections October 7

Bosnia and Herzegovina News Alert

General elections to take place in Bosnia-Herzegovina on October 7 amid widespread frustration; protests possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/4/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/7/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/Sarajevo). COUNTRY/REGION Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Parliamentary and presidential elections are set to take place in Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday, October 7. Voters will head to the polls to choose a national parliament, three members of the national presidency, the parliaments of the country's two entities, as well as 11 other assemblies. The elections come amid serious socioeconomic grievances, suspicions of fraud and foreign influence, and a general frustration with the leading political parties. These factors have increased the possibility of protests in the lead-up to or aftermath of Sunday's vote; transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are to be expected in the vicinity of any election-related events.


The current complex political system was implemented in 1995 by the Dayton peace agreement, aimed at putting an end to the Bosnian War. The agreement divided the country into two entities: Republika Srpska, predominantly Serb, and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, predominantly Bosniak and Croat. Each territory has their respective political representation.


All those present in Bosnia and Herzegovina are advised to monitor developments to the situation and avoid all protests and other election-related events as a precaution. 


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