PTI Urges IMF for Audit of 30% Assembly Seats Within 2 Weeks

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been called to conduct an audit of the general elections held on February 8 by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

PTI spokesman Raoof Hasan expressed concerns over the recent general elections in Pakistan in a formal correspondence to the crisis lender. Citing local groups’ auditing procedures, he urged an audit of at least thirty percent of national and provincial assembly seats within two weeks.

“The PTI had agreed to support IMF’s financing facility involving Pakistan on the condition and assurance of a free and fair election in the country in the last interaction between Mr. IMF representatives with Imran Khan in 2023,” he stated.

Asserting the significance of governance, transparency, and fighting corruption, Hasan’s letter also highlights PTI’s dedication to facilitating IMF aid that boosts Pakistan’s economy.

The IMF’s job, according to the letter, is to evaluate member nations’ capacity to carry out wise policies, particularly in light of the agency’s own economic proposals.

“During Pakistan’s general elections on February 8, 2024, widespread fraud and meddling occurred during the vote-counting and results compilation processes, costing the government approximately Rs. 50 billion (or US$ 180 million).”

As a result of this blatant involvement and fraud, the European Union, the United States, and other major IMF members have demanded a thorough and open investigation into the situation, according to the letter.

PTI emphasized that political legitimacy is important to the successful execution of policies in Pakistan, citing instructions from the IMF.

PTI has already agreed to approve IMF money subject to guarantees of free and fair elections, as the correspondence brought to light. Major IMF members and the European Union have called for an open inquiry into the extensive involvement and fraud that occurred during the February 8 general elections, according to PTI.

Examining the alleged irregularities in the elections, the letter encouraged the IMF to honor its values of accountability and good governance.

PTI stressed that it is not asking the IMF to become an investigative body; rather, it is requesting assistance in guaranteeing election transparency, which has the potential to promote long-term stability and development in Pakistan.

With a few tweaks, these comprehensive methodologies could be locally implemented to the satisfaction of all stakeholders in the General Elections 2024 audit, as proposed by at least two indigenous organizations in Pakistan, the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) and PATTAN-Coalition38. The IMF playing such a role would be of immense benefit to Pakistan and its people, and it may herald long-term progress, prosperity, and macroeconomic stability in the nation, the letter continued.

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