‘Electoral engineering’ in Mostar elections, says Bosnian Croat party leader

There was “electoral engineering” during the elections in Mostar and it allegedly involved the Central Election Commission (CEC) of BiH, Dragan Čović, the leader of the biggest Croatian party in BiH, HDZ BiH, tweeted on Monday. [EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR]

There was “electoral engineering” during the elections in Mostar and it allegedly involved the Central Election Commission (CEC) of BiH, Dragan Čović, the leader of the biggest Croatian party in BiH, HDZ BiH, tweeted on Monday.

In his tweet, Čović also said that he had spoken with Croatian Prime Minister and HDZ President Andrej Plenković about the continuation of good neighbourly relations and cooperation between BiH and Croatia, further commitment to development, as well as BiH’s path toward EU membership.

Elections in Mostar were held in December last year for the first time after 12 years because of the pressure from the European Court of Human Rights after Irma Baralija filed a lawsuit. The Strasbourg Court decided that Baralija’s human rights were violated and ordered elections.

Čović on Monday sent a letter to ambassadors, EU officials and the European People’s Party (EPP) to inform them about the events related to the local elections in Mostar, avaz.ba reported.

“I believe we share mutual concerns over the fact that even a month after the polls closed, the election results are still unknown! Instead of the results, which we should have had immediately after the election, they are still being manipulated in various ways, which is unacceptable!”, wrote Čović.

As he stated, he demanded the irrevocable resignation of the members of the CEC and the City Election Commission of the City of Mostar. “Let’s be clear, these are acts of aggravated theft, alienation of the democratic rights of our citizens”, Čović concluded. 

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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