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Only one third of citizens believe in free elections in BiH

Only one third of citizens believe in free elections in BiH

According to the recent poll “The media and citizens in elections”, only one third of BiH citizens believe that elections in the country are free and fair, the other two third don’t believe in fairness of elections but 86 percent of participants in the poll said they were never involved in or witnessed electoral irregularities.These findings are included in the results of a public opinion poll presented at Thursday in Sarajevo on the theme of “Media and citizens in elections”, conducted by BORAM and the BiH Journalists’ Association in cooperation with the Ipsos agency for the “Pod lupom” Coalition.

This does not mean that election irregularities do not exist, but may indicate instead that citizens do not know how to recognize irregularities – which means in turn that citizens have to be better educated in this respect. Those who do identify and report irregularities are mostly educated and come from higher-income categories. Two-thirds of respondents said they would report electoral fraud, and of these a quarter said they would do this anonymously.

The survey shows that citizens frequently vote for the same political option and only a small proportion choose candidates based on results delivered. For young people, the Internet is the most credible source of news, while population aged 50+ rely on television for information. Most respondents say they do not trust anyone, and most are not interested in politics.

The research was conducted on a sample of 1,006 respondents aged 18 and above throughout BiH using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing. Among those who participated, 52 percent were women and 48 percent were men; education levels varied.

On the issue of interest in politics, a very high number (about 53 percent) of respondents said they were absolutely uninterested. A preponderance of these respondents are in the low income and low education category. Of the 1 006 respondents, 21 percent said they did not vote in the last local elections (2016). Among those who voted (79%) there is a significantly lower share of young people (18 to 29)……………….