Top: European Union Election Observation Mission team members Georgi Mikov Dimitrov and Alfredo Nicoletti standing with President Rural Media Network Ehsan Ahmed Sehar in his office press chambers.(Staff Photo)
Bottom: European Union Election Observation Mission team members Georgi Mikov Dimitrov and Alfredo Nicoletti taking notes while talking to President RMNP on prevailing political and press freedom situation.in rural Pakistan.
Two members European Union Election Observation Mission comprising long term observers Georgi Milkov Dimitrov and Alfredo Nicoletti visited AhmedpurEast, rural Pakistan for the monitoring of general elections process 2008.
They came to the office of The Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) in Press Chambers at Katchery Road where they discussed the prevailing election situation in Bahawalpur district with its President Ehsan Ahmed Sehar.
The meeting lasted for an hour in which EU election observers put volley of questions about different political parties candidates, role of local governments and administration.
Georgi Milkov Dimitrov and Alfredo Nicoletti also enquired about press freedom situation in rural Pakistan and Freedom of Information laws. President RMNP told them after the imposition of emergency in Pakistan,Press and Publications and PEMRA ordinances have been amended.
He informed two members team that print media in Pakistan is to some extent free while private tv channels have been asked by the government not to air critical talk shows and alive coverage of important events.
Ehsan Ahmed Sehar presented the copies of Freedom of Expression newsletter Sadiq News to both observers and told them about monitoring press freedom violations and human rights abuses process conducted by Rural Media Network Pakistan.
Later on European Union Election Observers held a meeting with Retuning Officer AhmedpurEast Raja Mohammad Arshad in his office and discussed with him about polling scheme and other matters related to general elections.