Polls under international scrutiny – An Article by PILDAT President published in DAWN

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INTERNATIONAL election observers are now widely accepted across the globe especially in democracies which have yet to establish the credibility of their institutions including of their election-management bodies. Although the practice of international election observation is believed to have started in 1857, it gained currency after the collapse of the Soviet Union when many new states took the first steps in holding credible elections. The Economist estimates that election observers scrutinise some 80 per cent of all elections in the world today compared to a mere 30pc in 1989.

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