Following an invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, the European Union has established a mission to observe the general elections scheduled for 11 May 2013.
The EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) led by Chief Observer Michael Gahler, a German Member of the European Parliament since 1999 and Chief Observer of the EU EOMs in Pakistan 2008, Tunisia 2011 and Ukraine 2012, comprises a total of 52 long-term observers, 46 short-term observers and 11 core team members from the EU member states as well as from Norway, Switzerland and Canada.
The observers are deployed throughout the country, security conditions permitting.
The mission, which started on 8 April, conducts a comprehensive analysis of the electoral process based on long-term observation. This includes looking at the legal framework, the work of the election administration, the registration of candidates, campaign activities, the conduct of the media, the role of civil society, voting and counting, the announcement of results and electoral disputes
On 16 April, the 52 long-term observers – the eyes and ears of the EOM to Pakistan - were deployed to different parts of the country. From provincial capitals and other base stations, they will cover 193 National Assembly constituencies out of the 272. They will work in teams of two, covering urban and rural areas. Following a comprehensive observation methodology, they will meet electoral and government officials, candidates and representatives from political parties, and members of the civil society and the media. The 46 short-term observers as well as a delegation from the European Parliament and EU embassies in Pakistan have joined them in the run-up to election day.
The mission, independent of any EU institution or member state, aims to offer an impartial assessment of the elections and their compliance with reference to Pakistani law and Pakistan's international obligations, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which Pakistan ratified in June 2010.
The EU EOM is to issue a preliminary statement shortly after election day. A final report, with recommendations for future elections, will be published approximately two months later. Reporting will be available in English and Urdu. The EU deployed EOMs to Pakistan for the 2002 and 2008 elections.
Read more about the mission here