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Election commission orders recount of votes for Bosnian Serb region’s president

Bosnia’s election commission (CIK), ordered a recounting of votes for the president of its autonomous Serb area. This was after a bloc claiming that the ballot was rigged.

Balkan country held presidential, parliamentary and presidential elections on October 2.

Trivic of the Party of Democratic Progress declared victory on election night based upon preliminary ballot counts from several polling stations.

Dodik won the lead the next morning, and was confirmed by CIK with 98% votes.


Three opposition parties supporting Trivic staged protests in Banja Luka, drawing thousands of people. They requested a recount of the ballots, citing irregularities.

Monday’s emergency session saw CIK order the opening and counting of ballots in the presidential race at all polling stations of the Serb Republic as well as the neutral Brcko district. This was done at the central counting point in Sarajevo.

Suad Arnautovic, President of CIK, stated that “we have material evidence and video material that there is no doubt that this process was contaminated to a degree that election results are impossible to obtain.”


Arnautovic stated that the CIK decision would be effective immediately.

Dodik declared victory of his SNSD party at all levels as well as his own presidential race on Monday, telling the Serb Republic TV the CIK decision was political motivated and in violation of the law.

Branislav Borenovic, President of the PDP, stated that the CIK ruling was the “first important step towards fighting for the truth”.

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