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Bosnia: Voting Begins In Presidential, Parliamentary Elections

Sarajevo, 5 October 2002 (NCA) -- Polls are open in Bosnia-Herzegovina where voters are choosing representatives to state and local parliaments and members of the country's three-member presidency. The vote is the first since the Bosnian war to be organized locally instead of by international organizations. The outcome is seen as crucial to the country's economic and political development.

Voters will choose deputies for the state parliament and parliaments of the two entities that comprise the country: the Muslim-Croat federation and Republika Srpska. They also will choose a Muslim, Serbian, and Croatian member for the three-way interethnic presidency, a Republika Srpska president, and assemblies for 10 cantons in the Muslim-Croat federation.

Polls close later tonight and first results are expected sometime tomorrow.