Bosnia will hold a general election on Oct. 3, its sixth since the 1992-95 war, the head of the central election commission said on Wednesday.
Irena Hadziabdic told reporters more than 3.1 million Bosnians are eligible to cast ballots for the Muslim-Croat-Serb tripartite presidency and for the central parliament of the state divided into two semi-autonomous regions under the 1995 Dayton peace treaty.
Voters will also choose deputies for the lower house of parliament of the Muslim-Croat federation and the assemblies of the federation's ten cantons, as well as for the parliament, president and vice president of the Serb Republic.
Analysts said that nationalist rhetoric is set to overshadow the economic and EU agenda in the campaign, diminishing prospects for a more functional central state and faster reform this year.
"We expect the use of a rhetoric that could incite hatred and intolerance to be avoided," Hadziabdic said.
Bosnia has also failed to change its constitution to allow ethnic minorities to run for top offices in line with the ruling of Europe's top human rights court.
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