Seminar: The Role of the EU as Election Observer

Goethe-InstitutHanns Seidel Foundation and Goethe-Institut Pakistan in Karachi welcome you to a public lecture on the subject ” The Role of the EU as Election Observer” by Hon. Mr. Michael Gahler on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm in the Goethe-Institut’s auditorium!

Speaker: Hon. Mr. Michael Gahler, member of the European Parliament and Chief Election Observer of the European Union for the elections in Pakistan on February 18, 2008.

The promotion of democracy is a cornerstone of EU foreign and security policy. The EU supports democracy worldwide through a multitude of instruments including political dialogue with partner countries as well as technical and financial assistance. The EU contributes to the mechanics of democracy inter alia through election observation and other election support. During the last decades the process of democratisation has manifested itself in many countries by the holding of multiparty elections. Democratic transition is a highly complex process which is closely interlinked with social, economic, cultural and security developments. In a number of cases governments, electoral management bodies, political parties and other authoritative bodies lack specific experience or knowledge to deliver and guarantee genuine and credible elections. In order to support the conduct of elections in accordance with international standards and best practices, the EU provides electoral support in many countries around the world.

Mr. Gahler will speak both on the role of the European Union as election observer with special reference to the mission to Pakistan.

For further information about the Goethe-Institut programme please contact the programme coordinator Ms. Mona Mala ( or visit

Goethe-Institut Pakistan
2, Brunton Road, Civil Lines, Karachi
Tel: (+92-21) 566 1633-6; Fax: (+92-21) 566 1632

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