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Bosnia and Herzegovina

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House of Representatives

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Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
07.10.2018
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.10.2022
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
42
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
733
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
3,355,429
Votes Number of people who actually voted
1,812,960
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
54.03%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The 2018 elections returned a yet more fragmented House of Representatives with 14 parties (instead of 11 previously) sharing the 42 seats. At each election, 28 members are elected from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and 14 from the Republika Srpska (RS). The largest party in each entity remained unchanged: the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD, led by RS President Milorad Dodik) in the RS. The country's executive branch consists of the tripartite presidency and the Prime Minister (Chairman of the Council of Ministers). Outgoing Speaker Šefik Džaferović (SDA, Bosniac, see note) was elected to the tripartite presidency, alongside SNSD leader Mr. Dodik (Serb), who narrowly defeated the incumbent President Mladen Ivanić (SDA), and Mr. Željko Komšić (Croat). Mr. Komšić, who led the Democratic Front (DF) - Civic Alliance (GS): B-H Wins!, defeated the incumbent President Dragan Čović, leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ BiH). The new tripartite presidency was sworn in on 20 November, promising to pursue the country’s path towards European Union accession. Mr. Džaferović and Mr. Komšić also supported joining NATO. Meanwhile, on 12 November, Mr. Dodik (SNSD) and Croat member of the outgoing tripartite presidency Mr. Čović (HDZ BiH) confirmed a coalition agreement. Note: Mr. Džaferović (Bosniac) was one of the three members of the Collegium. During the legislature, the post of Speaker of the House of Representatives rotates every eight months between Bosniac, Croat and Serb. Mr. Džaferović succeeded Mr. Bakir Izetbegović, SDA leader.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
14
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
21.43%
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total Federation B. & H. Republika Srpska
Party of Democratic Action (SDA) 9 8 1
HDZ BiH, HSS, HKDU BiH, HSP-HNS, HSP DR AS BiH, HDU BiH 5 5 0
Social Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SDP) 5 5 0
Democratic Front (DF) - Civic Alliance (GS): B-H Wins! 3 3 0
Union for a Better Future of BiH (SBB BiH) 2 2 0
Our Party (NASA STRANKA) 2 2 0
Independent Bloc 1 1 0
Movement of Democratic Action (PDA) 1 1 0
Party of Democratic Action (A-SDA) for a European Bosnia-Hercegovina-Together 1 1 0
Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) 6 0 6
SDS List (SDS-NDP-NS-SRS) 3 0 3
Party of Democratic Progress (PDP) - Mladen Ivanic 2 0 2
Democratic National Alliance (DNS) 1 0 1
Socialist Party (SP) 1 0 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
33
Number of women elected
9
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
21.43%
Other notes
- HDZ BiH, HSS, HKDU BiH, HSP-HNS, HSP DR AS BiH, HDU BiH comprises the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ BiH), the Croatian Peasant Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HSS), the Croatian Christian Democratic Union (HKDU BiH), the Croatian Party of Rights of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HSP)-Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HNS), the Croatian Party of Rights of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HSP DR AS BiH) and the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDU BiH). - SDS List comprised Serb Democratic Party (SDS), the People's Democratic Movement (NDP), the New Srpska (NS) and the Serb Radical Party (SRS).
Sources
House of Representatives (07.12.2018) http://www.izbori.ba/ OSCE: https://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/bih/397043?download=true BBC European Western Balkans (https://europeanwesternbalkans.com)
Women Directly Elected
9

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
33
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
9
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
06.12.2018
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Borjana Krišto (Female)
Political party
Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ BiH)
Date of election
06.12.2018
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Denis Zvizdić (Male)
Political party
Party of Democratic Action (SDA)
Date of election
06.12.2018
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Nebojša Radmanović (Male)
Political party
Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD)
Date of election
06.12.2018