Asset Cards of Bosnian Politicians Available at CIN

Following a rulling of an Appeal Chamber of the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), the Central Election Commission (CIK) withdrew asset cards of BiH politicians from its internet page in the beginning of April this year.

Despite that, BiH citizens can read the cards on the web page of a Sarajevo-based Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN).

The CIN reporters have erased the politicians signatures and their addresses, but have otherwise made the cards available with a view that the public has a right to know what property politicians and their families have acquired while in office.

After the Personal Data Protection Agency prohibited publishing of this information, CIK withdrew all asset cards from its page since the beginning of 2011. However, the cards were made available again last December, after the Court of BiH ruled in favor of CIK’s complaint. The Agency’s resolution was thrown out.

Nevertheless, after the Agency’s appeal, the Appeal Chamber of the Court of BiH ruled on April 4, that CIK had to withdraw the cards again.

After the ruling, CIK filed a motion with the BiH Parliamentary Assembly asking it to introduce a new legislation related to the publishing of the office holders’ asset cards.

CIK officials say that a Parliamentary commission will discuss this motion in the course of drafting a new Election Law.

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