EU chief observer hopes Pakistan polls will be peaceful

February 18th, 2008 - 12:52 am ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Feb 17 (Xinhua) Michael Gahler, chief of the European Union election observation mission to Pakistan, Sunday expressed the hope that the parliamentary elections Monday will take place peacefully. “I hope that the elections will be conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and transparent manner,” said Gahler on the eve of the elections.

The private NNI news agency quoted Gahler as saying that the EU mission would make public its preliminary assessment Feb 20.

“We will reveal our initial findings in the mission’s preliminary statement and not earlier,” Gahler said.

A total of 131 EU observers will be deployed in all four provinces of Pakistan and the federal capital Monday to observe the polling process.

EU observers have been deployed around Pakistan since Jan 10 and will stay in the field beyond the election day to observe the post-election period, including the consolidation of results.

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