Six years ago, rebel Serbs backed by the Yugoslav army captured the region in a brutal campaign Croatians have not forgotten. The Serbs of eastern Slavonia were voting for the first time in independent Croatia. AP - Vukovar
Chaotic elections yesterday in eastern Slavonia dented Croatian Serbs' confidence that they can have a say in their future. Polls opened late, many names were missing from voters' lists and even the ballot boxes were absent in some precincts in the region. In Ilok, a predominantly Croat city, Serbs were angered to find that most voter rolls list only Croats' names. "People are going home, angry," said the local Serb leader, Vojislav Stanimirovic.