The citizens of Republika Srpska living in the Brcko District will be able to vote “in some way” in the Srpska Day referendum, President Milorad Dodik said on Wednesday.
“The citizens here will be able to vote in the referendum in some way and I came here today to encourage them to do it,” Dodik told reporters in Brcko.
Answering the question of what kind of way he was talking about, Dodik said that the Srpska Referendum Committee would decide about it.
According to the Srpska president, disrespecting the law and his powers, the Brcko Supervisor prevented the citizens of Republika Srpska living in the district from voting on an issue important for them – the holiday of Republika Srpska.
“The supervisor did it following a political order, believing he needed to ingratiate himself with Bakir Izetbegovic and Muslims in Sarajevo. His decision wasn’t legal,” Dodik assessed.
The Brcko Supervisor’s decision, said Dodik, breaches several human rights declarations regarding voting, which, he said, wasn’t enough for the supervisor to assess the situation himself.
“In our opinion, the supervisor’s decision was rash and can be retracted. We expected him to take it back. He violated a series of regulations with it. He isn’t above the Constitution and the Constitution guarantees the right to citizens to make decisions by referendum,” Dodik said.
The Srpska president recalls that according to an arbitration decision, the Brcko District is a condominium – a common property of the two entities.
“Thus far, they haven’t allowed us to claim our part in the ownership, but in any case, the issue will have to be put on the agenda in the time to come,” Dodik said.