Scribbling over ballot papers has become a norm with more and more young people getting disillusioned with the country's leadership and many more wanting to move abroad
Bosnia faces a political crisis after an election left a pro-Russian nationalist holding the Serb seat in the three-way presidency and laid bare tensions between Croat and Bosnian Muslim leaders.
About 3.35 million registered voters will elect five presidents and 14 prime ministers in the nation's complex political system. Leading Serb, Croat and Muslim Bosniak parties campaigned on nationalist ticket in the run up to the vote.
Milorad Dodik says he will prioritise the interests of Bosnia's Serb-dominated region as he becomes a candidate to become president of a state he has repeatedly attacked as unviable and harmful for Serbs.
A month ago Bosnian intelligence authorities said they were investigating media reports that a pro-Russian paramilitary unit has been set up with Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik's approval.
The Muslim-majority Balkan country had to pull a balancing act in the UN General Assembly session because of a complex system of governance, which gives equal voice to Bosnians, Serbs and Croats in foreign policy matters.
Ratko Mladic was charged with 11 counts of genocide including the 1995 slaughter of some 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica. His verdict by The Hague is being keenly watched in the Balkans.
The International Court of Justice had exonerated Serbia of direct responsibility for killings, rapes and "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia.
More than three-quarters of the vote has been counted in a referendum on whether to keep January 9 as a national holiday despite a ban issued by Bosnia's Constitutional Court.
Thousands attend a ceremony at the Potocari memorial near Srebrenica commemorating the deaths of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in July 1995, as Serbian nationalists still refuse to recognise the massacre as a genocide.
Bosnian Serb politicians oppose the state statistical agency's decision to publish results of the 2013 census due to methodology
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