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BiH: HDZ BiH and SNSD delegations meet in Banja Luka on electoral reform

The President of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) BiH Dragan ovoviov said today in Banja Luka that political relations in BiH are complex and that it is necessary to strengthen cooperation between the SNSD and the HDZ at the parliamentary level, as well as in the House of Peoples of BiH.

“The aim is to have fewer problems in the discussions, to have an agreed position and that everything we agree on can go through the procedures of the House of Peoples and the parliament,” Čovi tha said after the meeting of HDZ BiH delegations and SNSD.

Leaders of the main Croat and Serb parties Dragan Čović and Milorad Dodik said the deletion of the ‘constituent peoples’ category from the BiH Constitution is unacceptable and the current Central Election Commission is illegal and incapable of supporting BiH’s electoral needs.

“We confirmed that our positions on the vital issues of BiH are in line and we also focused on the issue of our European path which is related to all those priorities that we have talked about earlier, the most important of which is the BiH Election Law, “said HDZ BiH leader Dragan Djovic.

“We also had these talks in Sarajevo and left it to the Federation of BiH (FBiH) to agree on the constituency of the peoples of BiH, so that the legal representation of the constituent peoples is respected. The legitimate representatives of the Croat, Serb and Bosniak peoples in all FBiH structures for both the House of Peoples and the Presidency must make this possible. This is a chance for all of us because this is a non-election year. “Of course, all this can be accompanied by reforms that have started for a long time,” he said.

The leader of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) Milorad Dodik said that their two parties have cooperated without interruption and that they are not against cooperating with other parties, mainly Bosniak.

“There are issues on which we do not agree, such as NATO, but we respect each other’s views,” Dodik said.

According to him, the main topic of Monday’s meeting was electoral reform that has continued for over 10 years in BiH.

“We believe we should not expect any reform of the Electoral Law unless there is election reform for members of the BiH Presidency from the Federation of BiH and delegates to the House of Peoples,” he said.

When it comes to the BiH presidency elections, Dodik believes that one of the three members should definitely be elected by Republika Srpska.

“We can not accept that the notion of people’s constituency is erased from the Constitution. “We believe that it should remain there, that it is a promise to build BiH on the basis of the constituency of the peoples, and that only on the basis of this concept can BiH function,” he noted.

Dodik was also against merging the General and Local Elections so that people could express themselves about the ruling parties every two, instead of four years.

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