The Head of the Committee protecting the rights of Serbs in the Federation of BiH /FBiH/, Đorđe Radanović, has said that Christian Schmidt’s concept of amending the BiH Electoral Law and the method of distribution of terms of office in the House of Peoples of the Muslim-Croat Entity, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina /FBiH/ is aimed at Bosniak (Bosnian Muslims) parties taking Serb’s seats.

In his statement to SRNA, Radanović said it was designed by putting persons who only declared themselves as Serbs with questionable identity onto high positions on the lists of SDA, SDP, DF, SBB, SDBiH, NS.

“If the elected one was from the SDA list is a holder of high war decorations of the Muslim Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who fought in the war against Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and knew about the crimes against Serbs committed by Muslims, then the declared Serb has the legality to be elected to the House of Peoples to represent the Serb people, but has no legitimacy,” Radanović pointed out.

Bosniaks, claims Radanović, want a state without Serbs and Croats.

“For the first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it has just been announced that it may happen that the self-appointed high representative makes a decision that is not 100 percent in favour of the Bosniaks, which, according to the announcements, can help the Croats in FBiH to exercise their rights, that resulted in all Bosniak political parties immediately mobilizing and announcing large protests outside the OHR building,” said Radanović.

He says that Schmidt wants to illegally impose on the Serbs a census of three percent of one nation in one canton in the FBiH, because 56,550 Orthodox Serbs, as many as lived in the FBiH according to the 2013 population census, should elect 17 deputies to the House of Peoples of the FBiH .

According to him, 7,058 Serbs live in the Tuzla Canton, which is 12.48 percent of all Serbs in the FBiH so two Serb seats is the minimum for that canton to contribute appoint to the FBiH House of Peoples.

He clarified that 5,543 Serbs living in the Zenica-Doboj canton, which is 9.8 percent of the entire Serb population in FBiH, would elect one Serb deputy to the House of Peoples.

Radanović also stated that 13,300 Serbs were registered in the Sarajevo Canton, which is 23.51 percent of the Serb population in the FBiH, which makes a minimum of four Serb deputies in the House of Peoples from the Sarajevo Canton, addeding that according to Schmidt’s announced rules, the Sarajevo Canton will appoint four deputies to the Serb People Caucus.

“There are 3,043 Serbs in the Central Bosnia Canton, which is 5.38 percent of all Serbs in the FBiH, that is enough to get one seat in the House of Peoples of the FBiH, while 6,432 Serbs from the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, which is 11.37 percent of all Serbs in the FBiH, are entitled to two seats,” said Radanović.

According to Radanović, 885 Serbs were registered in Bosnia-Podrinje Canton, which is 1.56 percent of the Serb population in the FBiH, so Goražde will not appoint any Serb to the FBiH House of Peoples, nor will the Posavina Canton, where 831 Serbs were registered.

10,905 Serbs were registered in the Livno Canton /Drvar, Grahovo, Glamoč, Kupres, Livno, Duvno/, which is 19.28 percent of all Serbs in FBiH, meaning there will be three deputies from Drvar, Grahovo, and Glamoč in the FBiH House of Peoples.

As stated by Radanović, the Una-Sana canton will appoint two deputies from the ranks of the Serb people, because there are 8,452 Serbs, which is 14.94 percent of all Serbs in FBiH.

Radanović assessed that for the remaining two seats, “Schmidt will come up with a legal formulation so that Bosniak parties based in Sarajevo will get those”.