WASHINGTON: The chaos and disruptions recorded in general election of Pakistan have grabbed the attention of international communities who showed reservations over the electoral process. The United States has now demanded an independent investigation of alleged election frauds and irregularities carried through the legal system.
While answering a question regarding the need for an independent probe, Matthew Miller – Spokesperson of the US State Department said Pakistan has not clarified which body would conduct an independent investigation. He said the US lawmakers have urged the Biden administration to not recognize the February 8 elections until the completion of the proposed probe.
Miller congratulated the citizens of Pakistan on successfully participating in polls and also applauded poll workers, election observers, civil society and journalists for working to protect democracy. He added that the US wish to witness the freedom of assembly and happy to assist in any additional steps required.
During the general elections, Pakistan also faced internet and cellphone signal disconnectivity. Matthew Miller acknowledged the negative impact created by the restrictions placed on the internet and cellphone connections while the election took place across the country. He commented that the US condemned political and election-related restrictions on internet and cell phone service, which ultimately had a negative impact on the electoral services.
The US official said they want Pakistan to fully investigate the claims of interference and election frauds.