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Nationalists Leading Bosnian Elections

3 October 2004 -- Election officials in Bosnia say the country's main Muslim, Serb, and Croat nationalist parties were leading as results for yesterday's local elections came in.

The parties had candidates running for municipal councils and mayors in the nationwide balloting.

Election officials say voter turnout fell below 50 percent, a figure far below the 66 percent registered in local elections in 2000.

The election officials say complete preliminary results will be available later today. Final results are expected within 30 days.

The elections yesterday represent the country's first locally organized local balloting since the 1992-95 war.