“The United States commends the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina for their participation in the general elections on October 7. Our two countries maintain a lasting friendship and we remain committed to the goal of a stable and prosperous Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The United States shares concerns about the electoral process, as expressed by the OSCE election observer mission, international observation teams, and local NGOs. These include concerns over accuracy of voter registration rolls, impartiality of election observers, equitable access to media, and misuse of public resources. Such concerns are at odds with Bosnian authorities’ stated commitment to a fully fair and transparent election, and we encourage Bosnian institutions to address shortcomings raised by the OSCE observers. We expect all stakeholders and citizens to pursue any grievances through established legal channels, and we encourage all political leaders to be magnanimous in victory and gracious in defeat.” (US State Department)

“Bosnia’s general election held on Sunday was genuinely competitive and passed without major incidents or disruptions, assessed Bruce Berton, Head of the Organisation for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Bosnia.

‘While we await the final results, certain key races are clear. Thus we also congratulate those who won and thank all who participated in the vote, including observers who worked to maintain a fair and transparent process,’ said Berton, congratulating the citizens on exercising their democratic right to vote.

Pointing out that the elections were ‘genuinely competitive and passed without major incident or disruption,’ Berton warned that the international observers did notice certain legal and systemic shortcomings, which included biased media coverage and attempts to influence voters.” (N1)