Dodik to High Rep: You had no right to impose changes to Bosnia’s Election Law

NEWS 28.07.2022 18:24
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The Bosnian Serb member of BiH’s tripartite Presidency, Milorad Dodik, strongly criticised the High Representative of the international community, Christian Schmidt, arguing that he had no right to impose changes to Bosnia’s Election Law that are contrary to “the will of the people.”

Dodik sent a letter to Schmidt in response to a letter the international official tasked with overseeing the civilian implementation of the 1995 Dayton Peace agreement sent him a day prior.

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He wrote that he considers Schmidt’s letter “a provocation” and reiterated the position of the institutions of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity, as well as Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, according to which Schmidt was “not elected according to Annex 10, which is the only source of the legitimate mandate of the High Representative.”

“We also remind you that all previous high representatives, especially you who are not one of them, did not have and do not have executive and directive powers, especially not legislative ones,” Dodik said.

The letter comes after Schmidt on Wednesday imposed a set of technical changes to the BiH Election Law concerning the integrity of the electoral process in the country.

Dodik argued that Schmidt had no right to impose such a law according to Annex 10 of the Dayton Peace Agreement.

He wrote that the “dictatorial powers” the High Representative “seized” are “contrary to human rights, personal and political rights in particular,” and detrimental to the principle of the rule of law.

He argued that, under Schmidt’s authority, BiH “become a non-sovereign, inefficient, quasi-state, a modern-day protectorate, which violates the human rights and freedoms of the constituent peoples and citizens.”

Dodik then commented on Schmidt’s changes to the election law, saying that this decision goes “against what represents the will of the people, which is realized through elected representatives in government bodies.”

“According to you, the way in which citizens freely and directly elect their representatives is only the way that you and the Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina determine, to which you give judicial and executive powers of an inquisitorial nature,” he wrote.

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