Officer with UN-run police attacked during voting in Bosnia

SARAJEVO, Apr 8, 2000 -- (AFP) A member of the UN-run police force in Bosnia was attacked by a Serb at a polling station Saturday during municipal elections but was unhurt, a UN spokesman said.

The officer with the International Police Task Force (IPTF) officer was chased by a man wielding a stick at the polling station in the northern town of Bijeljina, spokesman Douglas Coffman told AFP.

The 35-year old Bosnian Serb was arrested by the local police, he said.

Bosnians voted Saturday to elect municipal officials for the second time since the 1992-95 war in a poll seen as a barometer for general elections planned for October.

The ultra-nationalist Serb Radical Party (SRS), which was banned from contesting the poll, has a strong following in Bijeljina.

In the past few months, SRS officials urged Bosnian Serbs to boycott the vote and were threatening to use force to disrupt the electoral process.

The UN-run IPTF and the NATO-led peacekeepers in Bosnia are in charge of providing secure environment in the country.

Meanwhile, problems with voter lists were reported in the northern Bosnian Serb town of Doboj, where only one out of 10 voters found themselves registered, Bosnian Serb radio said.

The same problem affected about a tenth of voters in Republika Srpska's (RS) administrative center of Banja Luka, an election official told AFP.

According to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which supervises the elections, all polling stations had opened both in RS and in the Muslim-Croat Federation which make up post-war Bosnia.

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