Muzaffarabad: 10 June 2011
Rights group Press for Peace (PFP) has called upon international democratic institutes and human rights organizations to monitor the upcoming election of local assembly in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) in order to ensure transparency and impartiality of electoral process.
Over 215 contestants of 13 political parties are taking part in election from 41 constituencies of AJK Legislative Assembly of, which has also 12 reserved seats for refugees of Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) now settled in different cities of Pakistan.
PFP expressed profound concern over the discriminatory laws which bar people and political parties from delectation who don’t express loyalty to the concept of Kashmir's accession to Pakistan.
“It is against the freedom of expression and thought and contradicts the basic norms and spirit of democracy,” said Jalaluddin Mughal, spokesperson of Press For Peace (PFP) in a press release issue here on Thursday.
The statement said that without any inequity all groups and political parties should be allowed to exercise their right of vote and to take part in elections.
It is pertinent to mention here that nationalist parties of PAK are not allowed to take a part in coming election as they don’t follow some controversial clauses of local interim Constitution.
The statement also urged the government to establish new polling stations in the rural and urban areas of Kashmir and Pakistan where voter could not cast their vote adequately due to the lack of polling stations.
The establishment of separate polling stations and booths and appointment of female polling staff for female voters were also demanded.