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Bosnia: Refugees In Dubrovnik Prepare For Special Ballot

Dubrovnik, 10 September 1996 (RFE/RL) - City authorities in Dubrovnik, Croatia, are working overtime to prepare a special poll this Saturday for Bosnian refugees who were sent the wrong ballot papers by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The OSCE plans to send about 1,200 new ballots to Bosnian refugees in the historic Adriatic port who had asked to vote in the Muslim-Croat federation, but instead received ballots for the self-styled Serb republic.

Sandra Vlacis, with the director's office of displaced persons and refugees, today told RFE/RL that plans for the special poll are proceeding smoothly and that officials expect no problems.

It was a different story two weeks ago when the refugees were, as Vlacis put it, "pretty upset." There were reports of ballot boxes being overturned and minor damage, but Vlacis said there were no injuries.

The RFE/RL correspondent reports no visible signs of the upcoming poll, which is scheduled to take place the same day as elections in Bosnia -- September 14.

More than 115,00 refugees in Croatia are eligible to vote in the elections, which aim to select governing bodies for a Bosnian union comprised of Serb and Muslim-Croat entities.