European Union Election Observation Mission
Pakistan 2018

About the EU Election Observation Mission to Pakistan 2018

19/06/2018 - 11:06
About us - structure and organisation

The European Union deployed an EOM to observe the elections on 25 July after a mission was welcomed by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Our mandate

The mission is led by Chief Observer, Michael Gahler, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany. The EU EOM will assess the elections according to the national law of Pakistan and the regional and international commitments Pakistan has made regarding elections. The EU deployed EOMs to Pakistan in 2002, 2008 and 2013.

The main objectives of election observation are to:

  • Support the democratic process in partner countries
  • Strengthen respect for human rights and the rule of law
  • Make recommendations to help improve future electoral processes

Consistent methodology 

The EOM to Pakistan will apply the EU’s established methodology for observing elections. The mission has a mandate to observe, collect and analyse information concerning the electoral process and to ensure that all findings and conclusions are based on verified, factual information. It does not have a mandate to offer advice, nor any way interfere in the electoral process. 

The EU EOM operates in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, adopted at the United Nations in 2005 by a number of international bodies involved in election observation. The methodology is based on long-term observation of the electoral process, including:

  • the legal framework and its implementation
  • the performance of the election administration
  • the role of state and other institutions
  • voter registration
  • campaign activities
  • the overall environment of the elections, including respect for fundamental freedoms, civil and political rights 
  • conduct and freedom of the media
  • the role of civil society
  • the voting, counting and transmission of results
  • the announcement of the results the complaints or appeals process

Observers across Pakistan

A core team of 10 election experts arrived in Islamabad on 24 June.

In early July, 60 long-term observers (LTOs) are due to be deployed across the country.

Nearer election day, LTOs will also be joined by diplomats from EU member states resident in Pakistan, as well as a delegation of seven Members of the European Parliament. At full strength, the mission should comprise up to 100 observers.

Independent assessment 

The EU EOM’s assessment of the electoral process is independent of any EU institution and member state.  EU observers adhere to a Code of Conduct that obliges them to maintain strict impartiality and neutrality.

Findings of the mission

A preliminary statement will be issued shortly after election day. This statement, presented by the Chief Observer at a press conference in Islamabad, will outline the EU EOM’s initial assessment prior to the completion of the electoral process.

A comprehensive final report, with recommendations for improving future elections, will be published approximately two months later.

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