EU offers to send observers for Pakistan elections

EU says deploying election observation mission is a tangible sign of its support to a democratic Pakistan.


Afp March 11, 2013
"The EU looks forward to upcoming elections that are peaceful, credible, transparent, inclusive and acceptable to the Pakistani people," EU foreign ministers said in a statement. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

BRUSSELS: The European Union on Monday offered to send observers to Pakistan's elections due to be held in May, in a bid to ensure a "peaceful, credible" vote that will be "acceptable" to all.

The vote for the first time would enable the transition of power from one elected government to another, marking the first time a democratically elected government would have seen out a full term in the country.

"The EU looks forward to upcoming elections that are peaceful, credible, transparent, inclusive and acceptable to the Pakistani people," EU foreign ministers said in a statement released after talks.

The 27-nation bloc "is ready to assist by deploying an election observation mission, as a tangible sign of our support for the democratic process," the statement added.

The ministers also said they looked forward to re-energising ties with the next government and hoped quick contacts could lead to a third EU-Pakistan summit.

They recalled that the EU had given Pakistan better market access to help it overcome economic problems linked to natural disasters, and welcomed Pakistan's "constructive role in promoting a secure Afghanistan and supporting an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process."

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COMMENTS (13)

Gp65 | 8 years ago | Reply

@no: This is weird. Anyone should be able to vote for anyone. Saying non Muslims can only vote for non Muslims further marginalized them.

In India though Muslims have 14% population, they have much greater political leverage because parties are trying to woo that vote bank. This rule in Pakistan simply disempowers minorities because they are not a vote bank that anyone would woo.

Hassan | 8 years ago | Reply

The EU should mind their own business

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