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Residents of Bosnian town protest against rigged elections

Bosnian people carrying a banner with the text "We want fair elections" during a protest in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. Hundreds arrived in Sarajevo from the southern town of Stolac to request new elections in their town after irregularities during last month's countrywide municipal elections resulted in a violent disruption of the vote in their town. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

Bosnian people carrying a banner with the text "We want fair elections" during a protest in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. Hundreds arrived in Sarajevo from the southern town of Stolac to request new elections in their town after irregularities during last month's countrywide municipal elections resulted in a violent disruption of the vote in their town. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of people have come to Sarajevo from the southern town of Stolac, demanding a rerun of their municipal election which was halted by claims of irregularities and violent disruptions.

Members within Bosnia's Central Elections Commission disagree over whether to sanction those who allegedly manipulated the voting process on Oct. 2 or those who tried to prevent them. But the commission says sanctions must come before a repeat election.

Muslim Bosniaks claimed Wednesday a month has been enough to decide.

They claim that the Bosnian Croat nationalist party has run the town for two decades by rigging every election.

Violence erupted when the opposition tried to stop Bosnian Croats suspected using false names and other irregularities. Voting was canceled early and no ballots were counted.