Funding shortfall jeopardizing local elections in BiH: election commission

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SARAJEVO, July 3 (Xinhua) -- This year's local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) have already been postponed once from Oct. 4 to Nov. 15, due to problems with financing, and any further delay in securing the necessary funding can seriously damage the integrity of the election process, the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) said in a press release on Friday.

Under the election law of BiH, the activities of the CEC must be financed from the state budget and the fund for the election must be available within two weeks of the CEC's decision to call an election and set the date. However, the problem with funding was not solved neither after the CEC called the elections on May 7 nor after CEC's decision to postpone the local elections until November.

The lack of funding prevents CEC from executing its tight action plan and producing and publishing the lists of voters on time, said the CEC in the press release. It described the situation as "alarming" and called once again on the decision-makers to abide by the election law.

The Presidency of BiH adopted the draft of the country's 2020 budget a week ago, but the document still needs the approval of the state parliament. However, no date has yet been set to discuss this budget.

Every four years, BiH citizens elect the mayors of municipalities and cities as well as members of the city councils in local elections. Enditem

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