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Nearly all who went to the polls in a disputed referendum on the Bosnian Serb entity's official holiday voted for keeping marking 9 January as the entity's holiday, according to returns from a third of polling stations.

The referendum was held on Sunday throughout the Serb-dominated areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina on whether residents of the Serb entity are in favour of celebrating the entity day on 9 January, despite the state-level Constitutional Court's decision to declare the holiday illegal and despite the court's recent ban on the referendum.

The Banja Luka-based commission in charge of organising the referendum said on Sunday evening that 99.8% of those who went to the polls said they were for this holiday on 9 January, as shown from the returns from a third of polling stations.

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Polling stations throughout the Serb-dominated areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina opened at 7 am Sunday for a referendum vote on whether residents of the Serb entity are in favour of celebrating the entity day on 9 January, despite the state-level Constitutional Court's decision to declare the holiday illegal and despite the court's recent ban on the referendum.

Turnout at disputed Serb referendum exceeds necessary threshold

Some 625,000 people went to the polls until 1700 hrs Sunday for a disputed referendum which the Bosnian Serb leadership organised despite the country's Constitutional Ccurt ban, and thus before the closing of polling stations set for 1900 hrs, the number of voters that turned out for the referendum exceeded the threshold of 50%.

Bosniak leader: Dodik to face consequences of unlawful referendum

Bosnia and Herzegovina's collective presidency chairman, Bakir Izetbegovic, who is the Bosnian Muslim leader, said on Sunday that Bosnian Serb entity president Milorad Dodik and others engaged in the holding of the unlawful referendum on the entity's holiday would have to face the consequences of that "anti-constitutional and illegal act".

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Republika Srpska (RS) Vice President Ramiz Salkic on Friday called on Bosniaks in RS, the Bosnian Serb entity, not to participate in a referendum on Sunday, and on those organising the vote not to open polling stations in areas with a Bosniak majority population in order to avoid incidents and acts of provocation.

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