Pakistan National and Provincial Assembly Elections, 10 October 2002

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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.



The Campaign and the Media

Unlike former military takeovers, the Musharraf regime did not ban political parties or restrict the media when it seized power in 1999. It did, however, place restrictions on the activities of parties. Political rallies and processions were banned, as under the guise of improving law and order there had been an increasing tendency for the more militant groups to display arms at meetings.


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