EU ambassador, Arif Nizami discuss election

European Union (EU) Ambassador to Pakistan Lars-Gunnar Wigemark called on caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami on Saturday and discussed government’s initiatives for holding fair election and facilitation of visas.

Lars-Gunnar said the people of Pakistan should be proud of democracy in the country. He said the European Union (EU) had observed the 2008 elections and given a number of recommendations to improve the electoral system.

He said Pakistan was on its way to consolidate democracy and added that Pakistan was a pillar of democracy in the region. “The European Union (EU) has been invited by the ECP to observe elections and it would be done in an impartial way,” he added.

Gunnar said that they fully supported the democratic process, adding that the media could play a tremendous role in fair and free elections. He said the ECP was playing its role according to the constitution. “EU chief observer Michael Gahler is arriving tomorrow and will meet the caretaker PM besides all political stakeholders,” he added.

He said that the member of the EU observation mission would be 110, adding that they would follow the role of the media and the election campaign and afterwards the counting of votes would be made according to a certain methodology and international standards.