At today’s session, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Bosnia and Herzegovina passed four decisions on sanctioning political entities for running a paid election campaign through the media, i.e. for violating the provisions of the BiH Election Law.
“We emphasize that in the period from May 4, 2022 until the official start of the election campaign, that is, until September 2, 2022, it is only prohibited to pay for the election campaign,” the CEC announced.
Decisions of the Central Election Commission of BiH are not legally binding and can be appealed to the Appellate Department of the Court of BiH within two days from the date of receipt of the decision.
Members of the Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Banja Luka, held a working meeting with members of the Banja Luka City Election Commission and representatives of the Banja Luka City Administration, where they were informed about the challenges and activities carried out by the Banja Luka City Election Commission and in this sense what kind of support does he expect from the authorities of the City of Banja Luka.
The representatives of the City Administration of the City of Banja Luka emphasized that they will provide all necessary technical and logistical support to the City Election Commission of Banja Luka in the preparation and implementation of the 2022 General Elections.
The reason for the meeting in Banja Luka was the timely resolution of possible problems in the work of the Banja Luka City Election Commission.
Although there is a little less than a month left until the start of the official election campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), politicians are widely “fighting” through social networks, according to the tried and tested recipe of getting votes – who is the protector and who is the traitor of national interests. Candidates’ struggles for votes under tents and at mass and religious gatherings also began. Apart from mutual political fights, for now there are no serious political programs and concrete activities for the betterment of citizens.
Along with empty promises, politicians also serve us some bread and games. This is how the surveyed citizens briefly described the election campaign, reduced to cheap populism. Singing under tents, in national costumes, shooting in choirs, are only part of the pre-election repertoire of the candidates and the ruling majority, as well as the opposition.
– They vote for them, because they are primitives. People who even think about life and order can never achieve anything.
– The opposition itself does not have as much money as the ruling party, and we all know where these funds come from various projects, such as public garage of UKC in which patients do not have basic conditions, and we get a garage worth 20-30 million.
– As far as national guidelines are concerned, I think that is to be expected.
– I observe everything, watch everything, hear everything and any change would be welcome.
The language in the pre-election campaign is becoming more and more vulgar, and the topics are trivializing, says political analyst Vojislav Savic. He believes that everything has been reduced to the level of personal insults, speculations and accusations that pass without any consequences.
“A lot of banality as if we are in a children’s playground, and not in a political arena where serious opinions and debates should be heard. Even when someone serious comes, it turns out to be funny in this collective chaos of superficiality and banality,” Savic believes.
According to analyst Adnan Huskic, there is no premature campaign, but we are living a constant official campaign, in which public resources and money of all citizens are abused.
“Not only will you have standard folklore, tents and music… they understood the power and potential of social networks and the Internet in general a long time ago, so you have them represented in that sense as well,” adds Huskic.
On social networks, some civil activists point to the disgusting and senseless way of conducting the pre-election campaign, which came down to who was where, and not who did what. They say that every day after the election, citizens should demand their rights and call on politicians to fulfill their promises.
“We are already seeing tents, cakes, visits to mosques and churches, among the people. It is devastating for those political parties that a good part of the narrative from 1992 is still being used now, which is that we don’t give ours, they want ours,” says civic activist Tihomir Dakic.
Political analysts expect that this campaign will be even more banal than the previous one, without quality programs. Citizens have a great responsibility. It depends on their votes whether the senseless matrix of political action will continue to pass or whether they will choose differently, BHRT writes.