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The Central Election Commission (SIP) of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday released the latest results of the October 2 local election which show that the candidate of a coalition of Serb political parties for the head of the eastern municipality of Srebrenica is in the lead, with his Bosniak rival and current municipal head admitting defeat and announcing that he would appeal against the election outcome and expected the elections to be repeated.

According to information on the SIP's website, after most of the ballots cast at polling stations abroad have been counted, the Serb candidate for the Srebrenica municipal head, Mladen Grujicic, has won 4,675 votes or 54.44% of the vote, while Bosniak candidate Camil Durakovic has received 3,897 votes or 45.38% of the vote.

Grujicic was in the lead also when ballots from polling stations in Srebrenica were counted, with more than 2,000 votes in the lead, however, the difference grew smaller as ballots from abroad and polling stations in other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina arrived.

The ballots of several hundred voters who voted by post remain to be counted but Durakovic confirmed on Friday that he did not expect those votes to have an effect on the final outcome.

"There are 100 or 200 more votes, and even if they are all in my favour, there will be no major change. Grujicic is the winner with 600 or 700 more votes. I did not expect a much different situation but we will nonetheless wait for the election results to be confirmed on Monday," Durakovic told the Klix web portal, adding that he would use the right of appeal.  

The ground for the appeal is the fact that Bosnian Serb police at one point became involved in the election process in Srebrenica, which prompted the Bosniak side to suspect possible manipulation of ballots.

The Bosniak Party of Democratic Action (SDA) has announced that it will support Durakovic in contesting the lawfulness of the election process.

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