Bosnia-Herzegovina heads to polls on Sunday

67 political parties, 34 independent candidates, 34 alliances to run in general election

Bosnia-Herzegovina heads to polls on Sunday

Voters in Bosnia and Herzegovina will choose a new government in the general election on Sunday.

Bosnia's government structure is one of the most intricate political systems in the world.

A total of 3.35 million Bosnians are eligible to cast ballots in the election.

The vote will be held across the country at 5,794 polling stations. Three-hundred-and-fourteen mobile teams will reach 10,000 citizens unable to step out to vote.

This year, some 78,000 registered voters living abroad are eligible to vote at diplomatic and consular missions in Vienna, Oslo, Belgrade, Chicago, Munich, Frankfurt, and Graz.

Election silence has been effective as of 7 a.m. local time  (0500GMT) on Saturday and will last until all the polling stations are closed at 7 p.m. local time (1700GMT) on Sunday.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has two entities, 10 cantons, and an autonomous region. The country's complex political structure, the crippling economic crisis, unemployment and memories of the war make the elections even more complicated.

Voters will choose a national parliament, three members of the national presidency, the parliaments of the country’s two entities and other bodies.

They will elect the parliamentarians of the two councils -- the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBIH) and the Republika Srpska (RS), the two constitutional entities of the country.

They will also vote for members of the Bosnian federation's 10 cantons.

Fifteen candidates -- six Bosnians, five Croats, four Serbs -- will compete for the rotating chairmanship of the three-member Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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