Srebrenica: The police guarding voting slips
“The police guarding the voting slips” is in the building in Srebrenica where the ballots from the recent local elections are stored.Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug
The commission has suspended its work.
The Central Election Commission first stated that the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska entered the building in Srebrenica in which the ballots are placed.
“I just learned that the Special Police of the Ministry of Internal Affair of the Republic of Srpska entered the premises of the Municipal Commission in Srebrenica, that the electoral material is under their control, that since yesterday strange things have been happening, and that the Municipal Electoral Commission under pressure,” says a member of the Central Electoral Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina Suad Arnautović.
Aleksandra Simojlović, Public Security Centre Bijeljina ‘s spokeswoman, told N1 that the police are in the building in order to “avoid compromising security,” it said.
“Members of the Public Security Center Bijeljina have been guarding the electoral material in Srebrenica since its delivery to the city before the local elections, and this will continue until it is submitted to the Central Election Commission. Police officers of the Public Security Center Bijeljina and Srebrenica Police Station are in the Srebrenica municipal building, where they are guarding the election material with the aim to maintain the positive security situation,” says Simojlović.
At the same time, she denied the claims made by the Central Election Commission member Suad Arnautović that the electoral material is being guarded by the Special Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska.
The Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina had allowed the Municipal Election Commission Srebrenica to open the ballot bags from five polling stations and determine the election results by control counting.
“This situation is not common, it is not normal nor in accordance with the Election Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I think that in these moments the Municipal Election Commission is under a lot of pressure, and I believe that the public should at least get involved to see what exactly is going on,” says Arnautović.