US Supports Free, Fair, Transparent Polls in Pakistan: State Dept
U.S. ‘hopes the electoral reform law passed in 2017 will facilitate peaceful transfer of power to elected government after the polls’
May 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The United States supports free, fair and transparent elections in Pakistan, a US State Department spokesperson said in Washington on Tuesday, expressing hope that the electoral reform law passed in 2017 will facilitate a peaceful transfer of power after the polls due in July.
“The United States along with other international partners has supported Pakistan’s implementation of its historic 2017 electoral reforms law,” said spokesperson Heather Nauert at a regular briefing in the US capital, APP reports.
The Election Bill, 2017 was passed by the National Assembly in August and is seen as a major achievement for electoral reforms in Pakistan. The law among others empowers the Election commission of Pakistan to operate independently.
Spokesperson Nauert said the law would be put into effect for the upcoming elections, and expressed the hope that it would help in smooth transfer of power to the elected government as a result of the July elections.
“We hope that the new comprehensive and transparent legal framework facilitates the peaceful transfer of civilian power to a democratically elected government,” she said.
Responding to a question, the spokesperson said she was not aware if the US would send any observers on the ground but said it tends to support international organizations that do participate as observers.
The PML-N government is due to step down on May 31 and hand over the rein to the interim government which will oversee the elections. Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Nasir ul Mulk will be the caretaker Prime Minister as announced by the the ruling party and the opposition together on Monday.
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