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Pakistan General Elections, 11 May 2013

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The report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for the Pakistan elections, held 11 May 2013. The Mission was led by Sir Douglas Kidd, former Speaker of the House of Representatives of New Zealand, and was comprised of 13 eminent persons.



The Commonwealth Observer Mission found that, despite significant security concerns and electionrelated violence, Pakistani voters turned out in large numbers to cast their ballot and express their will. The report offered various recommendations to help improve aspects of the electoral process, including: the need to ensure greater inclusion and participation of women in the political and electoral process; overcoming the challenges faced by the Election Commission of Pakistan in ensuring enforcement of the campaign code of conduct; and a review of the limits on campaign spending.

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Introduction

The Commonwealth Observer Mission for the 2013 elections in Pakistan was led by the Hon Sir Douglas Kidd, former Speaker of the House of Representatives of New Zealand, and comprised eight eminent persons in total. The Observer Mission was supported by a five-person team from the Commonwealth Secretariat. A full list of members is at Annex 1.

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