ISLAMABAD, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan Tuesday told the Islamabad-based diplomats that foreign election observers will be allowed to monitor the upcoming parliamentary polls, the Foreign Ministry said.
Senior officials told the diplomats at the Foreign Ministry that the government of Pakistan would welcome foreign election observers who wish to observe the transparent conduct of elections, after completion of due formalities.
A large number of international and local observers have approached the Election Commission to observe the elections, scheduled to take place in May.
The Commission has also issued a Code of Conduct for the observers. The Commission says that special passes will be issued to observers and that the observers will follow the rules and will not interfere in the polling process.
"The diplomats were assured that the government will take all steps within its means to facilitate the visiting foreign election observers during their stay in Pakistan," a Foreign Ministry statement said.
The briefing was organized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform all diplomatic missions in Islamabad regarding the policy and procedure of the government of Pakistan concerning foreign election observers.
The briefing was given by the senior representatives of the Election Commission of Pakistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
The foreign diplomats were also informed that the government of Pakistan was committed to facilitating free, fair and transparent elections, the statement said.