Code of conduct issued for foreign election observers

Code of conduct issued for foreign election observers
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Updated 06 June 2018
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Code of conduct issued for foreign election observers

Code of conduct issued for foreign election observers
  • Observers are bound to respect sovereignty of Pakistan as well as fundamental rights and freedom of its people, says the Election Commission.

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a code of conduct for foreign observers who wish to monitor the general election on July 25.
No one will be permitted to monitor the election without producing the accreditation card issued by the ECP.
Observers must respect Pakistan’s sovereignty, and its people’s fundamental rights and freedoms, the commission said.
“Observers are to maintain good behavior, respect others — including exhibiting sensitivity for the culture and customs of the country — and shall observe the highest level of professional conduct throughout their presence here,” the ECP added.
According to the code of conduct, monitors “shall not exhibit any bias or preference with regards to local authorities, political parties and candidates as well as any issue related to the election process.”
The ECP said: “Observers will have the right to ask any question and to clear any query but they will not obstruct, directly or indirectly, the election process.”
Monitoring organizations and groups must ensure that only nominated people comment on the election, the commission said.