ISLAMABAD - A group of 46 European Union (EU) short-term observers (STOs) from EU member states including Canada, Norway and Switzerland, was deployed in Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh on Tuesday to observe the May 11 general elections.

A statement issued by EU Election Observation Mission, Pakistan, said that they reinforce the 52 EU long-term observers who have been working in teams of two across Pakistan since 16 April. The mission now has 110 observers deployed to see pre-poll activities, voting, counting and the compilation of results.

"With the deployment of our short-term observers, the EU election observation mission is ready to be closely looking at the upcoming critical stages of this election process. We want our observers to be seeing as much as possible of the ground realities of this election, to be meeting stakeholders, hearing concerns, seeing things with their own eyes, understanding this election," said Michael Gahler, Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM).

A delegation of three members of the European Parliament will be joining the EU EOM as well as observers from the embassies of EU member states, Canada, Norway and Switzerland. After Election Day the EU EOM will issue a statement of its preliminary findings on May 13.

A total of 355 foreign election observers would observe Pakistan's elections from 12 countries and 3 organisations (European Union, National Democratic Institute and Commonwealth).