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General Polls Conducted In Transparent Manner: ECP

Islamabad (July 29, 2018): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by rejecting all the allegations of rigging has said that the general election has been conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner that has also been appreciated by the international observers. 

Talking to media in Islamabad, Spokesperson of the Election Commission said that ECP will not be bowed down to political pressure by some political parties.

The spokesperson said the election has widely been appreciated and accepted globally.ECP spokesperson dismissed allegations leveled by the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leaders against the ECP.

EU Observers Rule Out Military Interference In Election

Earlier on July 27, the European Union Election Observation Mission chief Michael Gahler has said that Pakistani military had not interfered in the voting process.

According to the statement, over 120 EU observers oversaw “the opening, voting, counting and tabulation processes at 582 polling stations and tabulation centres in 113 constituencies of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Islamabad.”Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Friday, he said that results were still expected from several constituencies; however, this won’t damage the electoral process.

Gahler said that they do not have interest in the results but instead they have interest in the electoral process.

In its initial findings on this week s Pakistani parliamentary elections, the EU Election Observation Mission concluded that polling was relatively transparent, but raised the alarm on unfair pre-election practices.The EU observer chief went on to say that Pakistani military had not interfered in the voting process.

“On election day, polling was assessed as well conducted and transparent,” he said. “However, counting was somewhat problematic with staff not always following the procedures.”

“Candidates with large political appeal and financial means, the so-called “electables” were reported to often dominate the campaign. Uneven rules on campaign spending further undermined candidates’ equal opportunity,” the EU EOM observed.

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