WASHINGTON: The United States has called upon Pakistani authorities to conduct an impartial investigation into allegations of irregularities and rigging during the general elections held on February 8, using the legal system.
Delays in announcing the final results of the February 8 polls have raised concerns about the transparency of the elections.
Several political parties, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), have raised allegations of irregularities and rigging in the electoral process.
Meanwhile, other parties such as PPP, PML-N, and MQM-P are engaged in negotiations to form a coalition government since no single party secured a simple majority in the elections.
Independent candidates backed by PTI emerged with the highest number of seats, followed by PML-N and PPP. During a daily press briefing, State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller stated, “We believe the appropriate initial step is for the legal system in Pakistan to address these issues.”
In response to inquiries regarding US lawmakers urging the Biden administration to advocate for an independent investigation into alleged election fraud, Miller stated, “We are open to considering additional measures if necessary.”
Highlighting the need for a thorough investigation into alleged election irregularities, the spokesperson emphasized that the elections were competitive and allowed people to exercise their voting rights. He reiterated the US commitment to respecting the democratic process and willingness to collaborate with the government once formed.
The spokesperson noted that the US, along with the EU, the UK, and other nations, has publicly and privately expressed concerns about irregularities observed during the election process.
He stressed the importance of upholding the rule of law, respecting the constitution, ensuring a free press, and supporting a vibrant civil society during the pre-election period.
Additionally, he condemned political violence and restrictions on internet and cell phone services, which adversely affected the electoral process.