BiH: PIC and BoP call citizens to the polls, urge them to respect the protective measures

BiH: PIC and BoP call citizens to the polls, urge them to respect the protective measures

With the local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina just around the corner, the Peace Implementation Council Steering Board (PIC SB) and the Board of Principals (BoP) conveyed to the BiH institutions a message to act responsibly and in a transparent manner.

The PIC SB and the BoP call on all eligible voters to exercise their democratic rights and make their voices heard by casting their ballots, while respect at the same time any necessary protective Covid-19 measures.

“In the coming period, the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will have the opportunity to elect their local representatives. The Peace Implementation Council Steering Board (PIC SB) and the Board of Principals (BoP) highlight the efforts by the BiH Central Election Commission and urge it to proceed with its work in a responsible and transparent manner, ensuring the orderly conduct of the electoral process, duly responding to allegations of electoral fraud and implementing the voting results. The PIC SB and the BoP will provide the CEC with all necessary support”, the two organizations note in a public statement.

The PIC SB and the BoP call upon all institutions, political actors and their representatives, as well as voters to act responsibly and ensure the integrity and transparency of the election process, which must be held amid a peaceful environment, in line with the applicable legal framework and international standards.

“The PIC SB and the BoP call on members of Municipal Election Commissions (MECs) and Polling Station Committees (PSCs) to perform their duties with professionalism and integrity. It is imperative that political parties and candidates refrain from exerting any pressure on the MEC and PSC members in an attempt to influence their independence or force them to resign. All stakeholders in the election process, including non-partisan observers, must be fully enabled to professionally perform their duties in accordance with existing rules and procedures”, the institutions underline in their announcement.

Furthermore, the PIC SB and the BoP call for full respect of Covid-19 related protective measures throughout the election process, and encourage the authorities to provide the necessary personal protective equipment and ensure adherence to the protective measures in voting precincts, in order to ensure a safe voting environment during the pandemic. /ibna