White House Expresses Concern Over Reports of Intimidation and Voter Suppression in Pakistan Election

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Senior leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party stood for the national anthem at a press conference in Islamabad on Friday, amidst allegations of vote tampering in Pakistan’s national elections.

The White House expressed concern about reports of intimidation and voter suppression during the election, following protests in various parts of Pakistan.

In the election held last week, no single party secured a clear majority. However, independent candidates supported by imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan won 92 out of 264 seats, making them the largest group in the election.

Members Of The White House (Credits: Brookings Institution)

Questions about the fairness of the February 8 election have been raised both within Pakistan and in major foreign capitals. Washington had previously criticized “undue restrictions” on freedoms of expression and assembly.

White House spokesperson John Kirby stated on Thursday that they are closely monitoring the situation, particularly concerned about “intimidation and voter suppression.” International monitors are still reviewing the election tallies.

The controversy revolves around Forms 45 and 47, which are meant to document election results. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) provides several forms for this purpose, with Form 45, also known as the ‘Result of Count’ form, being the most significant. The election results, especially those documented in Forms 45 and 47, have been challenged in Pakistani courts.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.