Pakistan general elections: US supports fair, transparent polls scheduled for July 2018

Washington: The United States on Wednesday said it supports free, fair, transparent and accountable elections in Pakistan which faces general elections on 25 July .

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

It also expressed hope that the 2017 electoral reforms law, being put into effect from these elections, would help facilitate the peaceful transfer of civilian power to a democratically elected government.

"The United States supports free, fair, and transparent, accountable elections in Pakistan as we do in other countries around the world," Heather Nauert, State Department Spokesperson told reporters during her biweekly news conference.

The United States along with other international partners has supported Pakistan's implementation of its historic 2017 electoral reforms law, she said.

"My understanding is that this is the first time, law will actually be put into effect for these elections. We hope that the new comprehensive and transparent legal framework facilitates the peaceful transfer of civilian power to a democratically elected government," Nauert said.

In response to a question, she said she is not aware if the United States is sending any observers on the ground.

"We tend to support international organisations that do participate as observers," she said.

In the elections announced earlier this week, Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) is expected to be the main challenger to the ruling party.

The present government will complete the tenure on 31 May and the caretaker government will take over form 1 June and remain in office until a new government is set up through elections.

Updated Date: Jul 16, 2018 12:34 PM

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