“Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik proclaimed victory in Bosnia’s presidential election on Sunday, as did the candidate of the largest Muslim Bosniak party.

‘I proclaim victory,’ Dodik said at a news conference, adding that he won 56 percent of the vote for the Serb seat in the country’s tripartite inter-ethnic presidency.

Sefik Dzaferovic, the candidate of the Muslim Bosniak largest SDA party, also said he won the Bosniak seat in the body, with 40 percent of vote.” (Reuters)

“Candidates of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA), the Democratic Front (DF) and the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) are leading in the run for Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency, according to the preliminary election results presented by the Central Election Commission (CEC) late Sunday night.

CEC President Branko Petric presented the preliminary results of the general election held across the country on Sunday after 741,599 votes have been processed.

SDA’s Sefik Dzaferovic, who ran for the post of the Bosniak member of Bosnia’s Presidency, won 37.97 percent of votes, holding a lead over his opponent Denis Becirovic, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who won 33.40 percent of votes.

49.47 percent of voters gave the support to DF’s Zeljko Komsic, the candidate for the Croat member of the state Presidency, while his main opponent and the Croat member of the Presidency in this term, Dragan Covic, the candidate of the Croat Democratic Union (HDZ BiH), won 38.66 percent of votes.

Finally, the Serb candidate for the Presidency who has won the largest number of votes is SNSD’s Milorad Dodik, followed by the Alliance for Victory’s (SzP) Mladen Ivanic, now outgoing Presidency member.” (N1)

“A weekend general election in Bosnia is being overshadowed by protests attended by tens of thousands in the country’s two largest cities and organized by a pair of fathers demanding the truth about the alleged murders of their sons.

Final rallies by political candidates ahead of the October 7 presidential and parliamentary elections were scheduled to occur on the evening of October 5 in major cities, but the Alliance for Victory — the main opposition bloc in the country’s autonomous, predominantly Serbian, entity, Republika Srpska — cancelled its gathering in Banja Luka, as did two opposition parties in Sarajevo, in a show of solidarity with the protesters.

The two fathers — Davor Dragicevic, a Serb from Banja Luka, and Muriz Memic, a Muslim Bosniak from Sarajevo — said they decided to hold simultaneous protests before the vote to put pressure on the judiciary to speed up inquiries into their sons’ deaths.” (RFE/RL)