Critics of various governments in the MENA region have often pointed to elections, and the extent to which they are free, fair, and transparent, as an example of their lack of legitimacy.
May 09, 2013
With elections set to take place on May 11, Pakistan stands at an important juncture of its history. The Election Commission of Pakistan, arguably the most independent and impartial that the country has had, is working diligently to ensure that the electoral process is free and fair. A democratically elected government could, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, relinquish power to another civilian government. Such a development, which marks a new phase in the Pakistan’s democratic struggle, indicates the need for a reassessment of U.S. policy toward the country.
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