Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for Bosnia and Herzegovina Cristian Dan Preda told FENA news agency that failure to implement election results and appoint new authorities in BiH would not be a good message to the citizens, and for the country’s European path.
Preda believes that elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina were generally well-organized and implemented, regardless of certain irregularities and divisive and nationalist rhetoric that dominated the pre-election campaign, and affected the election results.
“Now, we are waiting for the end of election cycle, publishing of final election results for all levels of authority (…) and, most of all, we expect authorities to be formed”, said Preda. He explained that formation of authorities would pose a challenge, not only because of unresolved issue of formation of the House of Peoples in the Federation of BiH, but also because some politicians have already announced that authorities would not be formed without changes to electoral legislation.
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn have recently issued a joint statement, saying - among other things - that “the conduct and the effective implementation of the general elections will be taken into account in the Opinion on the merits of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for the EU membership the European Commission is preparing”.
Preda welcomed the statement, saying that the country needed to be capable of carrying out credible elections and implementing election results in order to be given the status of the EU Candidate Country.