Washington: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on recent elections in Pakistan.
“While I appreciate those in Pakistan who cast a vote in the electoral process this week, these long overdue elections were sadly overshadowed by actions that prevented the meaningful participation of all political parties and candidates. I condemn in the strongest terms the deadly bombings at election campaign offices in Balochistan and send my condolences to the victims and their families. These attacks must be investigated and the perpetrators need to be held accountable.
“As Pakistan’s leaders proceed to form a new government, I will continue engaging on the issues that most directly impact the Pakistani people, from promoting democracy and human rights in the country to addressing challenges related to climate change and sustainable energy. I look forward to continuing to find opportunities where the United States and Pakistan can advance our shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity across South Asia.”
Previously Number of US lawmakers joined State Department Reaction over Pakistan Elections, while reports comes about results delays and interference in polling process
Rep John James wrote in Twitter “I’ve supported legislation in the House with both my Republican and Democrat friends expressing support for democracy and human rights in Pakistan.
Following Pakistan’s general elections yesterday there have been reports of interference and harassment at the polls,by independent election observers.
America must remain committed to ensuring that we have trust in our own electoral process at home as well as making sure our partners uphold the right of the people to vote in free and fair elections abroad,We must not recognize a new government until fraud and rigging allegations are cleared”
Congresswoman jasmine Crockett said “manipulation and interference in Pakistan’s election. I agree with the StateDept that we need a full investigation. The will of the Pakistani people must be respected”
Previously The UK Australia European Union raised their concerns as well regarding irregularities in Pakistan Polls, the European Union Highlighted the lack of level Playifield for political process “We regret the lack of a level playing field due to the inability of some political actors to contest the elections, restrictions to freedom of assembly, freedom of expression both online and offline, restrictions of access to the internet, as well as allegations of severe interference in the electoral process, including arrests of political activists”
UK said Investigation for Irregularities in election process. “UK regret that not all parties were formally permitted to contest the elections in Pakistan. UK noted restrictions imposed on internet access on polling day,significant delays to the reporting of results and claims of irregularities in the counting process”
Australia notes the initial results of Pakistan’s general elections held on 8 February 2024 , said in an official statement
It is regrettable, however, that the Pakistani people were restricted in their choice, since not all political parties were allowed to contest these elections.