Preferential Voting and Open Lists Key to Reform Election Legislation Cover Image

Preferencijalno glasanje i otvorene liste ključ reforme Izbornog zakonodavstva
Preferential Voting and Open Lists Key to Reform Election Legislation

Author(s): Srđan Vukadinović
Subject(s): Constitutional Law, Government/Political systems, Electoral systems
Published by: Akademija Nauka i Umjetnosti Bosne i Hercegovine
Keywords: Preferential Voting; Open Lists; Constituency of Peoples; Party State; Responsibility; Direct Democracy;
Summary/Abstract: There are many issues that are preferred by the professional public as important and decisive when it comes to the reform of the electoral legislation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Undoubtedly, the issue of early or early elections, as well as limiting the phenomenon of overflights, is also very important. But what should be the core of the essential changes in the sphere of electoral legislation is the institute of the introduction of open lists, that is, preferential voting. Individual or open lists allow one candidate to run, unlike current solutions where it is defined that councilors and deputies are elected from a list of parties, coalitions or groups of citizens, voting collectively for the list, not the individual on it. Individual candidacies are something that is indisputable and it is the right of voters to play a more significant role in the parliamentary and political environment of the state and society, in accordance with their electoral achievement and capacity. Open lists and preferential voting would raise the statehood and constituency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as complex states, to a higher qualitative and more stable level of sustainability. With all due respect to the constitutional constitutivity of the people, they would collapse the party state, increase the responsibility of elected officials and enable a greater degree of direct democracy.

  • Page Range: 305-314
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian