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The General Election in Pakistan, 3 February 1997

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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Towards Effective Democratic Governance

This is the first Commonwealth Observer Mission whose terms of reference include a responsibility 'to propose to the government and other concerned authorities such action on institutional, procedural and other matters as would assist the effective functioning of the elected government' Thus it has been necessary to canvass with Pakistani groups not only their immediate concerns regarding the elections but also their observations on this issue. The observations or proposals we make on this aspect are based on concerns communicated to us and our own understanding of the Pakistan situation.

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