ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party has welcomed the European Union (EU) report on the February 2008 elections in Pakistan as it is a confirmation of the PPP’s documentation of the massive pre-poll rigging and selective rigging on the polls day resorted to by the previous regime. PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar has welcomed the report EU as PPP suffered due to the short comings in the elections.
In a statement released on Saturday Babar said, “PPP believe that manipulated power transfer through rigged elections and denying power to peoples’ representatives was a root cause of the country’s political problem that must be addressed.” The PPP reiterates it commitment to comprehensive election reforms in consultation with stake holders as enshrined in the Charter of Democracy to ensure an independent Election Commission and a level playing field for all parties, he said.
He stated, “When political parties are cheated, peoples’ mandate is stolen, the manipulators themselves make confessions and independent foreign observes cast aspersions it is time that reforms are to be undertaken.” The EU in its report has acknowledged that pre-polls riggings are enduring problems in Pakistan and the polls day rigging is common as polling stations with implausibly high turnouts and questionable margins of victory is shown.
The EU report also said that the Election Commission lacked transparency and did not formally consulted the political parties and other stake holders and recommended restructuring of the ECP on its own.-SANA