By Hans Schmeets, Jeanet Exel (auth.)
On 14th September 1996, opposed to the history of the Dayton contract, six assorted elections happened in Bosnia-Herzegovina. This booklet covers intimately what used to be saw at the floor by means of 900 overseas observers: the vote casting approach and the count number of votes. Did the Polling Station Committee act impartially and appropriately? What representatives of events or applicants have been staring at the elections? within which points do the areas within the entities Republica Srpska and the Federation Bosnia-Herzegovina fluctuate? Did observers document particular difficulties in municipalities cut up through the Inter Entity Boundary Line?
The booklet contributes to a transparent knowing of the political weather, the function of the OSCE, and even if the elections have been performed effectively. it's going to be of curiosity to scholars, students and others operating in remark and research of elections, the political scenario in Bosnia-Herzegovina, ethnic conflicts, and the position of foreign businesses in democratisation and peace processes.
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The police should not enter the polling station, except at the explicit request of the Chairman of the PSC. Nevertheless, local police were present inside quite a few stations (11 %) the polling station. At most stations - 80% - local police were present outside the station. The International Police Force (IPTF) was seen by observers at 15% and IFOR at 13% - both probably in the vicinity of the stations. Observers were able to give their judgement as to the quality of the security measures. According to the observers, the quality of the security measures was good at 96% of the stations.
23 Two representatives of different parties/candidates were present at 34% of the stations, and three in 17% of the stations. In a few stations (2%) four people showed up, and in a further 1% of the stations five representatives. Observers saw six or more representatives in only a very few stations. What representatives were present in the polling stations? Observers noted that in 43% of the polling stations a representative of the 'Party of Democratic Action' (SDA) - led by Izetbegovic - was present.
All went well" and "Station closed". Also comments about the IEBL crossing were made: "Only fEBL voters present", "Buses expectedJrom across fEBL" and "People complained about not being able to cross the fEBL, then, unable to vote at the absentee ballot station". Observers al,so made 68 comments regarding the fear of voters to go to the polling station: "Muslim woman was afraid to come and asked husband to accompany her" . A relatively large number of comments concerning the category 'people present' has got a neutral value; 241 out of 461.
The 1996 Bosnia-Herzegovina Elections: An Analysis of the Observations by Hans Schmeets, Jeanet Exel (auth.)