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Australia greets Pakistan over successful conduct of election.

ISLAMABAD -- The Australian Government, Tuesday, congratulated Pakistan and its people on the successful completion of electoral process on May 11.

"These elections will see the first transfer of power from one democratically elected civilian government to another in the country's 66 year history" said Australian Minister For Foreign Affairs Senator the Bob Carr in a statement issued here by the Australian High Commission here..

The Minister said that the Australian Government was encouraged by the high voter turnout, especially among women, despite threats of violence from some terrorist groups during the election campaign.

"Since 2011, Australia has committed a total of $7 million towards the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) efforts to build the capacity of the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP)" he added.

He observed that the Australian Government also provided a further $200,000 to support the Commonwealth's election observation mission.

"The Australian Government commends the caretaker government in Pakistan and the ECP for their efforts in overseeing these elections, and looks forward to working with the incoming Government of Pakistan once it has been formed" the minister maintained.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:May 15, 2013
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