Unfair elections to harm ties: EU

LAHORE, Dec 21: The visiting European Union (EU) delegation has made it clear to the Pakistan government that if the forthcoming general elections are not held in a fair and transparent manner, the country stands a chance of impairing its relations with the EU.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, the seven-member delegation of the European Parliament, led by British Parliament member Ms Nina Gill, said the general elections 2007 should be held in a transparent manner, with complete schedule being announced well in advance of six months, enabling the EU monitoring team to survey the pre-election and post-election procedures carefully.

She said that at a meeting with the chief election commissioner, the delegates had stressed on the approval of all the conditions and recommendations applied during the previous elections.

In reply to a question, the leader of the delegation said President General Pervez Musharraf had assured them of ‘keeping his promises’. No delegation member replied when asked why the EU had so far supported a president in uniform.

Continue reading on: Dawn

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