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Election fraud in BiH uncovered?

The Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CEC BiH) rejected the entry into the excerpt from the Central Voter List for voting outside BiH for 9 136 voters, because they were not fulfilled by the statutory requirements (lack of proof of identity, lack of proof of citizenship, lack of evidence about residence, illegible applications, etc.) or a greater number of applications (7 and more) contain an identical address abroad.

“Continuously in all of publications CEC BiH points to the reasonable suspicion that in the process of registering voters outside BiH cases of forged signatures and misused personal documents were found”, the CEC BiH states in a press release.

The highest authority for election process in BiH again urge on voters to check the status of their registration on the website of the Central Election Commission of BiH under the link "Are you registered", or in some of the other manners.

“The Central Election Commission of BiH shall submit complete information on the possible commission of a criminal offense in the procedure of registering voters outside BiH with supporting documents, to the competent prosecutor's office. So far, voters, some police authorities and some municipal / city election commissions have been informed about the possible perpetration of the criminal offense (about 150 cases). Most of this information relate to the municipalities of VelikaKladuša, Modriča and Orašje,” stressed CEC BiH.

One of the victim of this fraud was Anel Kajtezović, from Bihać, who checked his voters status and received information that he lives in Austria and that he has already voted.

“I found that someone registered me as living in Austria, in a suburb of Linz, with a person named Ožegović Fadil. Also, everything was registered, all the documentation was sent, that person or someone from that family voted instead of me”, Kajtezović told the media, adding that he was in BiH the whole time.

He reported the issue to CEC BiH and they answered that a person from Velika Kladuša has registered him with an old identification document that the institution accepted as valid until the year 2020. But, Kajtezović changed his identification document in 2013 because he had changed his place of residence. The Interior Ministry confirmed to him that the old ID is not valid anymore.

“People who don’t vote could never uncover these kinds of fraud. Had I not asked for information on which polling station I am voting at, I would never have found out that someone already voted for me”, he said.

Abid Dudić is facing a similar problem. He is registered as living with his wife in Novi Zvornik, western Serbia, even though he never lived in the neighbouring country.

“I once lost a driver’s license, exactly at the crossing between Mali Zvornik (u Srbiji) and VelikiZvornik (in BiH). I don’t know if that is something significant, but I never lived in Serbia, and I was never registered as living anywhere else”, he said.

At the moment, nobody knows how many similar cases will be discovered in next few weeks. General Elections in BiH are scheduled for October 7 and is now certain that some parties would have solid ground to question the results. Will they actually do that? We will find out on October 8./IBNA

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New EBRD loan in energy area

People and businesses in the Republika Srpska will benefit from a more reliable power supply and improved energy efficiency thanks to a loan provided by the EBRD with the support of Taiwan ICDF.

The EBRD issued the press release saying that the loan of €15 million will finance the reconstruction of the medium and low-voltage power network in Elektro Bijelijina’s distribution area, as well as the installation of smart meters. Losses in the distribution of power and high consumption due to outdated and inaccurate meters, EBRD stress, are major contributors to the high-energy intensity in BiH, which causes additional costs to consumers.

“Investing in a more modern, efficient and flexible power distribution network will promote improved efficiency through reduced power losses and greater awareness of energy consumption patterns. It will also facilitate the penetration of higher levels of distributed renewable energy”, EBRD says.

Head of the EBRD Office in BiH, Jan Brown, said that the loan would be used to finance the reconstruction of the distribution network and the supply of meters, saying it will provide a reduction in distributive losses to a technical minimum of 6.5 percent, which is standard in Western Europe. The financing is provided as a loan to ZEDP Elektro – Bijeljina A. D. Bijeljina, the entity-owned power distribution company in RS. Up to €7.5 million of the loan will be provided by the Green Energy Special Fund, established and administered by the EBRD with the contribution of TaiwanI CDF. Previously, the EBRD also provided a loan to ZP Elektrokrajina A.D. Banja Luka for a similar purpose.

RS Minister of energy, industry and mining, Petar Đokić, said after the contract signing ceremony in Bijeljina that in this way RS rises the total value of energy system, strengthening its capacities, improving the function and doing all of this in favour of quality supply of all consumers with electricity.

"Implementation of this project will contribute to the improvement of key parameters, such as the reduction of distribution losses, through the reconstruction of low voltage and medium voltage installations and replacement of the meter to the consumer", Dokić said.

EBRD added that supporting energy saving and improved energy efficiency, as well as promoting sustainable sources of energy is a key activity of the Bank.

“Last year alone, the Bank committed 43 per cent of its €9.7 billion in new investments under its Green Economy Transition (GET) approach. The Bank is a major investor in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the beginning of its operations in the country the EBRD has invested €2.1 billion in around 150 projects”, EBRD concludes./IBNA

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Tsakalotos raised the issue of pensions cuts to Scholz

The issue of the abolition of the pension cuts measure raised to his German counterpart, Greek Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, calling for the dialogue to be concluded as soon as possible, not only for the 2019 fiscal space, but until 2022.

Mr Tsakalotos defended the government's position, arguing that the surpluses would exceed 3.5% in 2019, but in the next three years as well, to convince Scholz and Moscovici, with whom he met today on the sidelines of the ministerial network meeting Of Economic Affairs of the European Socialist Party (PES Ecofin Ministerial Network).

During the meeting, he expressed the view of the Greek government that based on the latest data, there is a budgetary space beyond the target of 3.5%, both for the year 2019 as well as for the following years, the exact size of which is discussed and will continue to be discussed with the institutions. He also expressed the view that it would be a good idea to start a debate on how best to make the best use of this space, not only for 2019 but also for the years up to 2022.

However, the issue of pensions is unlikely to close in the Eurogroup on November 5, but on the one in December 3, 2018, on technical grounds, as the financial data are not sufficient to draw clear conclusions. The government's next goal is to postpone the measure of pension cuts and re-examine it in the first quarter of 2019./IBNA

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Albania with the highest number of convicts in the region

Albania has the highest number of convicts per 100 thousand residents among Western Balkan countries.

This is suggested by the latest figures published by World Prison Brief.

According to the report, in the list of Western Balkans countries, Albania is followed by Montenegro with 174 convicts per 100 thousand residents. Serbia comes third with 174 convicts per 100 thousand residents, while FYROM ranks fourth with 134 convicts per 100 thousand convicts.

Meanwhile, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina have the lowest number of convicts per 100 thousand residents with 106 and 73 respectively.

The US has the highest number of convicts in the world with 655 convicts per 100 thousand residents. Latin America countries also have a high number of convicts with Brazil leading the list with 323 convicts per 100 thousand residents. /ibna/

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Albanian president receives US State Department official Elisabeth Millard

President of Albania, Ilir Meta received today in a meeting the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the State Department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Elisabeth Millard.

During this meeting, the pair discussed the importance of the reforms for the rule of law and European integration.

President Meta assured Mrs. Millard that Albania is determined in delivering its obligations set out in the Strategic Partnership document between Albania and the US.

The meeting also discussed the developments in Western Balkan region. President Meta stressed the importance of the finalization of dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia through an agreement which guarantees European perspective.

The pair also underlined the important of a successful referendum in neighbouring FYROM considering it as crucial for the European future of the entire region. /ibna/

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Germany reiterates its support for the integration of Albania

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati received Germany’s Foreign minister, Heiko Maas who arrived in an official visit to Tirana.

Minister Maas’ visit coincides with the 31st anniversary of the signature of the Economic Cooperation for Development Protocol between the two countries.

Minister Bushati praised the excellent relations that exist between Germany and Albania and thanked the German minister for the great support offered by the German government in the difficult process of the implementation of reforms for more democracy, rule of law and good governance.

On his part, the German minister praised the efforts made by the Albanian government for the reforms about the country’s European integration, stressing that Germany will continue to offer its support for Albania in this path.

At the end of the meeting, the two ministers delivered a joint news conference. /ibna/

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