According to sources, ECP has sent official invitations to International observers to cover the general elections. The elections are scheduled to take place in January of 2024.
ECP stated in a statement that the International observers will have impartial policy and will be transparent to the upcoming elections that are scheduled to be held in January of 2024. A two-page invite was explained by the ECP in which they stated that the International observers will be properly accredited and will have to obtain visas to cover the upcoming elections and come through a proper channel.
ECP’s Policy for General Elections scheduled in January 2024
ECP stated in an official statement that it has an Open Door policy for International Media or Observers as long as they fulfil the policies. They also said that according to the law it is crystal clear that no observer will be allowed without validation and verification of the required documents and other codal and legal formalities.
The ECP has also made it clear regarding visa applications. The visa can be obtained through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), specifically through their “Pakistan Online Portal”. Alongside the visa, the foreign observers will also need to attach an application. The application can be downloaded from ECP’s official website.
After the candidates have been cleared they will be issued cards through which they can observe the polls. ECP also suggested that it is wise for the International media to adhere to the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Benefits of International Observers According to ECP
ECP suggested that the presence of Foreign or International Observers during the electorate process can be very valuable for the electorate. Moreover, it will add value and accredit the Pakistani Electorate system and prove the transparency and the impartiality of the system. The ECP will ensure that proper arrangements will be made for the International Media or Observers to carry out their duty.
The country has been seen with a negative eye since the toppling of Imran Khan’s government by the use of no-confidence motion in April of 2022. The government that took over the country then dissolved the National Assembly on 9th of August 2023.
Ever since then, Pakistan has been gripped by uncertainty and the citizens of Pakistan have been urging the government to hold elections to end this uncertainty.
Moreover, the United States of America and the United Kingdom have also shown their interest in holding fair and timely elections in Pakistan.