Ambassador Cormack: Your part is not over when you cast your ballot

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U.S. Ambassador Maureen Cormack addressed the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina in a video message and called on them to vote in the Sunday elections. 

This Sunday, voters will hit the polling stations across Bosnia and Herzegovina. When you vote, I urge you to cast your ballot based on facts and not fear, to stay focused on critical issues, like the economy, education, corruption and healthcare. Reject empty promises, by holding leaders accountable with your vote.

The choice is yours, and yours alone. I have the deepest respect for the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is not my place to tell you who is best suited to lead your country. My only objective is to encourage each and every one of you to make that choice, to honor your responsibility, to decide who will represent you for the next four years.

This is the greatest way for you to play an active role in the future of your country. But your role does not end when you cast your ballot this weekend. You can’t go home from the polls, and say your part is over. Moving forward, you must hold politicians accountable for the promises they have made. Hold them accountable for improving your daily lives in measurable ways.

You already have many of the tools you need to stay engaged in civil society and the political process. Professional, unbiased media is one of these key tools in a struggle for transparency and accountability. Others are the grassroots organizations, struggling to strengthen civil society, by speaking with the collective voice and representing the interests of the people.

The democratic process can be frustrating, but your vote is crucial to achieve the security, stability, and economic prosperity all citizens of this country deserve. Voting on Sunday is just your first step down this path, and I urge you to take that step. For you, for your children, and for future generations in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, said Cormack.