Local elections were held in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a member of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), on 15 November 2020. Mayor of Novi Grad Semir Efendic who is a member of the TDBB Board of Administration was re-elected in the local elections.
According to the Central Election Commission (CIK), there are 3,283,380 voters registered within the country and the level of participation in the elections was 49, 3 percent. This date was % 53.88 in the local elections held in 2016.
In the election, 144 mayors, 22 of whom represented the capital cities, were elected for the next 4 years. 129 political parties, 262 independent candidates, 72 alliances, 9 independent lists and 71 minority candidates took part in the elections, and members of the municipal council were elected. A total of 30 thousand 809 candidates participated in the elections, 425 of whom were running for mayoralty.
The coalition of 4 opposition parties in the capital Sarajevo has been successful in the election. This coalition made up of members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Our Party (Naşa Stranka-NS), the Independent List of Bosnia and Herzegovina and People and Justice Party (NiP) won the turnout in Tsentar, Novo Sarajevo and Ilidza Municipalities in Sarajevo. In these three municipalities, former mayors were members of the SDA Party. In Stari Grad Municipality, the current mayor Ibrahim Hadjikadic won again. In Travnik Municipality, Mirsad Peko won the turnout who died on the Election Day due to Covid-19 virus.
The turnout in Srebrenica which is in the east of Bosnia and Herzegovina and where the genocide of Bosnian Muslims was occured in July 1995, was drew the attention of the public this year as ever. In the city where a Serbian candidate became the mayor in the last election, Bosnian parties agreed to support a single candidate this year – Alija Tabakovic. According to preliminary results in Srebrenica, although it was announced that Bosnian candidate Alija Tabakovic took over as mayor, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced that all votes in Srebrenica, with the exception of Diaspora votes, had been counted and that Mladen Grujici, the common Serbian candidate, had won the election. The final result will be announced following an investigation by the Central Election Commission (CEC).
In Gorazde Municipality, Ernest Imamovich, a common candidate from the SDP, Naşa Stranka Party and People and Justice Party, was elected. Mohammed Ramovich who was the former mayor of Gorazde for 12 years lost the election.
On the other hand, in Mostar city, where local elections have not been held for 12 years due to the problems with the city’s status, the local elections will be held on 20 December 2020.