HDZ Staff Members at 3 Polling Stations in Bosnia Disqualified

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ZAGREB, December 20, 2019 – The Croatian Election Commission (DIP) said on Friday that members of two polling stations in Banja Luka and one in Sarajevo had been relieved of their duties after they were found to be members of a political party, which disqualifies them for this duty.

Following a report by the Zagreb-based GONG nongovernmental association that some of the staff at the polling stations set up in Bosnia and Herzegovina for Croatia’s presidential vote on 22 December are members of the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ BiH), DIP made the necessary checks and found that some of the staff at polling stations nos. 26 and 17 in Banja Luka and polling station no.4 in Sarajevo did not meet requirements for this duty as they were members of the said political party.

DIP said that in the selection of people for polling committees, applicants signed statements under pain of criminal responsibility declaring they were not members of any political party, adding that it had no knowledge of the party membership of the people in question.

Croats with dual nationality are entitled to vote in the 22 December presidential election at 44 polling stations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Voting will also be held in 46 other countries.

The staff at polling stations includes persons who are not members of any political party. Each polling station is staffed with six people, that is the chairperson, two members and their substitutes.

More news about presidential elections can be found in the Politics section.


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