EU report on elections

Published: July 11, 2013

RAWALPINDI: This is with reference to the story “Final report: EU observers satisfied with May 11 elections” (July 11).  It is important to note that the European Union (EU) did not say that the elections were without problems. What the EU said was that these elections were more fair than the ones held in 2008. For example, some of the problems from the report are directly quoted below. Readers can find more such details if they go through the actual report.

Page four of the report states: ”Broadcasters did not provide the main contestants with equitable coverage.” Also on page four are the following observations: “In some cases, serious problems were seen, including in Karachi, where overall polling stations were more negatively rated”, and “security conditions precluded the EU Election Observer Mission observation in Balochistan and Fata”.

Omer Farooq

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2013.

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