EU to deploy election observation mission to Pakistan

The European Union (EU) Friday announced that it will deploy an EU Election Observation Mission for the National and Provincial Assemblies’ elections in Pakistan scheduled for 25 July 2018.

This deployment demonstrates the EU’s long-term commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country, said Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative in a statement.

“With these elections, Pakistan is expected to witness an unprecedented second consecutive democratic transition of an elected civilian government, therefore contributing to the consolidation of the direct link between Pakistani citizens and their representatives,” she added.

Mogherini has appointed Michael Gahler, a German Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observer for the elections in Pakistan.

“I trust that our observation will again provide a meaningful contribution to the electoral and democratic process in Pakistan,” said Gahler.

The Election Observation Mission Core Team of nine EU election analysts will arrive in Pakistan on 22 June, and will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process.

A few days after arrival, the Core Team will be joined by 60 long-term observers who will be deployed across the country.

Shortly after the completion of the general elections, the mission will issue a preliminary statement of its findings and the final report, including recommendations for future electoral processes, will be presented at a later stage, after the finalisation of the whole electoral process.

Source: Kuwait News Agency