Representative Pia Kauma (National Coalition Party) acted as the head of the election observers of OSCE's Parliamentary Assembly in Bosnia and Herzegovina and hopes that the international observation mission will help the country on its journey towards modern democracy and an open civic society.
Even though the observers found some issues in the campaigning and funding, Kauma was particularly fascinated by the enthusiasm witnessed at the polling station on Sunday 7 October, especially expressed by young people and women who participated in the election both as electoral officials and as voters.
"Their enthusiasm and aspiration to actively engage in the future of their country should be further encouraged and acknowledged. I sincerely hope that our observations and recommendations will be looked at with the deserved sense of responsibility and with Bosnia and Herzegovina's future in mind," said Kauma in the shared press conference of international election observers in Sarajevo on Monday.
In addition to OSCE, the election was observed by the Council of Europe, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
International observers characterised the electoral campaigning as polarising and generally negative. There was also a clear lack of trust in the election administration.
"This is a widespread sentiment conveyed to us in this country. Solid, independent, credible and trusted institutions are the backbone of a viable Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a politician myself, I can tell you that politicians bear a frontline responsibility in securing the needed trust," said Kauma.