LDA Mostar activities in view of the General Elections 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina
In the light of the General Elections 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Local Democracy Agency Mostar has been involved in the forefront, carrying on activities supporting local democracy.
On September 18th, LDA Mostar organized the Public Tribune ‘’Five to twelve’’ along with its partners gathered within the coalition “Elect Mostar”, as an attempt to raise issues in the period approaching the General Elections 2018. This Public Tribune was a unique opportunity Mostar to meet representatives of political parties of the category under 30 years old and who are candidates on the lists for the General Elections 2018. It was the first time that such an event took place, and that young people got the opportunity to step up to the plate and discuss about crucial issues they have been facing. All parties involved were satisfied by the event, during which a wide range of crucial topics were examined, such as education, employment, migration-related issues as well as the participation of young people in local political life.
Following the public discussion, on September 20th, LDA Mostar representatives along with young politicians who took part in the above mentioned Public Tribune, participated to a meeting with the delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, engaged in the pre-electoral monitoring mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. For this occasion, the head of the delegation, Mr. Stewart Dickson, presented the Congress’s proposal, suggesting a possible step forward toward the resolution of Mostar’s issues which consists in the creation of a “Citizens’ Council”, possibly formed and initiated by citizens, CSO’ or NGO’s. Accordig to this bottom up approach, decisions are then taken by citizens and presented to governing political structures.
The General Elections took place on October 7th, 2018, when people were called to vote to elect the tripartite members of the presidency, state and entity-level assemblies, hoping for a better prosperity in both economic and political spheres. The preliminary election results didn’t bring any significant change on the political scene compared to the previous elections since the major national parties prevailed again with a strong majority. Numerous irregularities were identified before and during the Elections, and the Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to penalize certain political entities and candidates. The results of the General Elections in BiH and the formation of the state and cantonal level authorities in the upcoming months will once again drop a shadow on the City of Mostar, known for not having the functional City Council for more than 8 years and no local elections for more than 10 years.