Mostar local elections kick off Sunday morning, no issues reported

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After 12 long years, Mostar local elections have kicked off Sunday morning with all 150 polling stations opening on time, Anadolu Agency reports.

“None of the presidents of the polling stations has reported any problems so far. In case there are some problems, everything will be recorded on time, and we will eventually announce it by eight o'clock,” said Djidelija from the City Election Commission.

Mostar citizens will elect 35 city councillors, who will later elect the City Mayor, who will succeed Ljubo Beslic (Croat Democratic Party – HDZ BiH) after almost two decades in Office.

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The new City Council will include 22 councillors from six city areas, and 13 from the united City list. The North City District will have two councillors, the Old Town five, Southeast two, South two, Southwest seven, and West four. Despite recent changes to Mostar election rules, the minimum and maximum quotas in the Council stayed intact, so that none of the constituent peoples can provide more than 15 or less than four councillors.

A minimum of one council seat is guaranteed for the Others. A total of 31 political entities are participating in the elections, including 22 parties, four independent candidates, four coalitions and one list made up of independent candidates. A total of 370 candidates are running.

According to the Central Election Commission, 100,864 voters have the right to vote, of which some 96,000 will vote in regular elections, 48 in absence and 3,985 by mail.

The Mostar City Election Commission has appointed 16 mobile teams for a total of 873 voters and nine special, so-called COVID teams for self-isolated voters. As of yesterday, 184 voters had registered to vote from self-isolation.

The voting process in this city was unblocked after a 12-year stalemate over a political disagreement on changes that had to be applied on electoral legislation, pursuant to a decision by the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After main political leaders reached a deal mediated by the international community representatives in Bosnia in summer last year, the Central Election Commission announced that local elections in Mostar would take place on December 20, 2020.