Izetbegović: Now I am most optimistic about the changes to the Election Law

Izetbegović: Now I am most optimistic about the changes to the Election Law

SARAJEVO, May 11 (FENA) – Speaker of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the SDA President Bakir Izetbegović said today that the interdepartmental working group has a lot of work to do on amendments to the Election Law related to transparency and integrity of the process.

“These are remarks that significantly touch the core, the appeal in the Sejdić – Finci case, and on the entire group of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and the judgments in Ljubić case. I think that an interdepartmental group cannot work without a political agreement. That is why it is good to have the opposition involved, and despite the tensions we have in the country and opposing stances, I am the biggest optimist so far that something can be done,” said Izetbegović.

Izetbegović explains that the main obstacle is in the Federation of BiH FBiH, between the pro-Bosnian and pro-Bosniak political parties on one side and the HDZ BiH on the other. While the HDZ BiH claims that current legislation is allowing majority people, Bosniaks in this case, to elect the representatives to the Croat people, the SDA warns that minority is dictating to the majority both in the FBiH Parliament and the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said Izetbegović, adding that this is “far from what democracy should be.”

This stifles and practically makes meaningless the existence of political parties that do not carry an ethnic prefix, because civic, left-wing parties are in fact stifled by this approach. So I think that we will find a solution on the line of these two well-founded requests, with the help of friends from the international community,” said Izetbegović today after the constitution of the interdepartmental working group for changes to the BiH Election Law.