Press release - CG028(2012)

Congress to observe local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Strasbourg, 2 October 2012 - A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, headed by Rapporteur Amy KOOPMANSCHAP, Netherlands (L, SOC) - including members of the EU-Committee of the Regions and a member of the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions – will carry out an observation mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) from 4 to 8 October 2012 and observe the vote on 7 October. With a view to these elections, a pre-electoral mission was carried out on 18 and 19 September.

On 4 and 5 October, the delegation will meet, in particular, with Branko PETRIĆ, the President of the BiH Central Election Commission, as well as the Head of the BiH Congress delegation and Vice-President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), Svetozar PUDARIĆ. In addition, meetings are scheduled with representatives of the diplomatic community in Sarajevo, NGOs and the media.

On 6 October, field meetings with members of Municipal Electoral Committees, outposts of international organisations and with candidates for the local elections are planned.

On Election Day, nine Congress teams will be deployed to different areas to observe these local elections throughout the country.

The Congress delegation will present its preliminary findings in a press conference on Monday 8 October 2012 at 10:30 local time - in Hotel Europa, Atrium (Sarajevo).

Members of the delegation

Congress

· Amy KOOPMANSCHAP, Netherlands (L, SOC)

· Teresa ARCINIEGA, Spain (R, EPP/CD)

· Enzo BROGI, Italy (R, SOC)

· Stewart DICKSON, United Kingdom (R, ILDG)

· Gaye DOGANOGLU, Turkey (L, EPP/CD)

· Dominique GAMBIER, France (R, SOC)

· Phillip GROVE, United Kingdom (L, ECR)

· Aldis HAFSTEINSDOTTIR, Iceland (L, ECR)

· Vincent McHUGH, Ireland (L, ILDG)

· Viacheslav ROGOV, Russian Federation (L, ILDG)

· Raymond TABONE, Malta (L, SOC)

· Renate ZIKMUND, Head of the Division of Communication and Election Observation

· Jane DUTTON-EARLY, Assistant to the Election Observation Mission

French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions

· Pierre BAUCHET, Mayor - Fleury les Aubrais (Centre - Loiret)

EU - Committee of the Regions

· Uno SILBERG, Estonia (EA)

· Jelena DRENJANIN, Sweden (EPP)

· Stewart MAXWELL, United Kingdom (EA)

· Declan MCDONNELL, Ireland (ALDE)

· Klaus BOELE, Secretariat of the Committee of the Regions

Contacts on spot

Division of Communication and Election Observation, Congress of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg

Renate Zikmund, Head of the Division of Communication and Election Observation, mobile: + 33 6 59 78 64 55, E-mail: Renate.ZIKMUND@coe.int

Council of Europe Office in Sarajevo

Mary Ann HENNESSEY, Head of Office, Tel: + 387 33 233 938, E-mail: mary-ann.hennessey@coe.int

Communication Division of the Congress
of Local and Regional Authorities
Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 48 95
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 27 51
congress.com@coe.int
www.coe.int/congress



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