Čović met separately on Wednesday with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and President Zoran Milanović.
Čović appealed to the two officials to additionally raise the issue and warn of the gross and organised outvoting of the Croat people in BiH within the framework of the international associations they belong to – the EU, NATO, and all others – while there is still time for that, HNS BiH said in a press release.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Central Electoral Commission called general elections for 2 October despite local Croat parties and Zagreb warning that based on the incumbent rules, the more numerous Bosniak people will once again outvote the Croats.
In the past three elections, Bosniak voters elected Željko Komišić as the Croat member of the country’s presidency. Bosniak parties have announced that Bosniak voters will elect 6 of the 17 Croat delegates in the Upper House of the Federation entity parliament, which would be sufficient to exclude Croats from the government in that entity and at the state level.
Čović thanked Plenković and the Croatian government for their contribution to efforts to guarantee legitimate representation of the constituent peoples and for advocatingr the equality of Croats and for BiH’s European path.
With regard to the meeting with Milanović, HNS BiH said that the need for an urgent agreement on election reforms was underscored and that all Croatian institutions will insist on that.
“Legitimate representation of the constituent peoples must be ensured but also the functionality of institutions in BiH,” HNS BiH said in the press release.
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