Bosnia's House of Peoples also adopts amendments allowing Mostar elections

NEWS 08.07.2020 12:28
Source: N1

Bosnia's House of People's adopted the amendments to the Election Law related to the City of Mostar, Wednesday, where elections had not been held since 2008.

The amendments were passed with 13 votes in favour, one against and no abstentions.

The said amendments also contain the Constitutional Court's 2010 verdict which suspended the local elections in Mostar.

After a twelve-year deadlock, political leaders signed an agreement last month enabling the local elections in the southern city of Mostar to take place for the first time after 2008.

The agreement was signed by Bakir Izetbegovic and Dragan Covic, the leaders of the Democratic Party Action (SDA) and the Croat Democratic Union (HDZ BiH), in presence of foreign ambassadors and Mostar's local politicians.

The local elections in the City of Mostar were last held in 2008. Two years later, the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina acted upon motion of Croat representatives in the state Parliament, assessing as unconstitutional parts of the Bosnia’s Election Law which refer to the City Statute.

The court tasked the state Parliament in 2010 to amend the Election Law regarding the provisions which treat the electoral rules in that city but this did not happen to date and Mostar elections remain the subject of political disagreements, mostly of two main parties in this city, the SDA and HDZ BiH which signed the deal.