Lawmakers in the House of Peoples of Bosnia’s state-level parliament are to vote on Wednesday on legal changes approving the use video surveillance and scanners during polling. “We want voters to decide on the results of the election, and not those who count the votes,” Sasa Magazinovic, a member of parliament from the Social Democratic Party, SDP, told BIRN. Parliament’s other chamber, the House of Representatives, adopted the amendments to the country’s electoral law at the beginning of this month. Bosnia is not believed to have major problems with electoral fraud, although some irregularities were noted at the local polls in 2016.
But video surveillance will make the entire process of counting the votes more transparent, while scanning the ballot papers will prevent any kind of manipulation, Jovana Kljajic, spokesperson for Pod Lupom, the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections in Bosnia, told BIRN.
“This is part of a recommendation that we presented to state officials with the aim of having more transparent elections in the country,” Kljajic said.
Online identification will also prevent someone voting under the name of another person.