2002 Mission Report: Pakistan General Election

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ANFREL sent a team of 42 long-term and short-term international observers from 11 Asian country to monitor the National Assembly and the Provincial Assembly: elections in Pakistan, Although the Election Day passed off peacefully, except report of isolated violence in, ANFREL was deeply concerned by reports about misconducts during pre-election period. Some of these practices observed by ANFREL were serious enough to undermine the fairness of election and limit the legitimacy of genuine democratic transition in Pakistan. Intimidation of candidates, biased amendment of electoral framework and regulations, restrictive interpretations of campaign regulations and unbalanced media coverage, accusation of government acting in favor of certain parties or candidates etc. prohibited a fully free environment or equal opportunity.

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