FMA predicts low turnout in Feb.18 polls

February 17th, 2008 - 10:43 am ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Feb.17 (ANI): Experts attending an orientation seminar arranged by South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) for the SAARC observers on Saturday predicted low turnout in Monday’s elections.

A large number of observers from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other SAARC countries attended the seminar.

“I suspect a situation of chaos and confusion after the results of the elections since in either case a confrontation is awaiting us,” the Daily Times quoted I A Rehman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) as saying during the seminar.

Rehman, who apprised the participants of the election rules, said the former ruling alliance was misusing the government vehicles and the public funds in election campaign.

He predicted that there would be a confrontation with the establishment and the opposition political parties like the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz if the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) emerges as a leading party through rigging.

He said the HRCP was not monitoring the elections as an observer due to certain reasons.

Dr. Inayatullah informed the participants about the different categories of the voters.

Sarwar Bari, another human rights activist, said around 20,000 observers would monitor the elections. 16,000 would sit inside the polling stations, while 4,000 would be mobile observers.

He said relatives of only seven district officials throughout the country, were not contesting the polls, which would obviously affect the election process in the districts. (ANI)

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