15 observers from SAARC country to monitor Feb 18 polls in PakFebruary 11th, 2008 - 12:40 pm ICT by admin
Islamabad, Feb 10 (ANI): Around fifteen observes from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries would reach Pakistan this week to monitor the February 18 parliamentary elections.
The observers, who will arrive by February 15, will be allowed to enter any polling stations, while they will have to seek prior permission to enter the polling stations located in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the Swat Valley and other northern areas.
According to The News, Accreditation Cards will be issued to at least 3000 observers. The diplomatic missions of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry have issued visas to at least 500 members from foreign media and 400 international monitors.
Apart from this, the Accreditation Cards are also being issued to 350 foreign diplomats and 1800 members from the local media have been given Observers Cards.
Despite the weekly off day, coordinator Rasool Bux, who has been assigned duties for the observers, issued the cards to members of foreign embassies based in Islamabad. (ANI)
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