Ayaz Ahmed Siddiqui

Dear European External Action Service,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

Election Expert Mission report for Pakistan 2024

I have been in correspondence with the EEAS regarding the aforementioned document. I was informed that this document cannot be released to the public without consent from the Government of Pakistan. Any disclosure, even partial, can result in straining of relationship between Pakistan and the EU. I was also told that my correspondence with the EEAS is not in the public domain, and I take that to mean that it is somehow off the record. I was also told that I should approach AskTheEU for a public statement.

Therefore, I would like to request, an on-record comment regarding the release of the said report and the reason why it won't be released, which I may use in my research and freelance reporting as a Pakistan observer.

Pakistan elections in 2024 are mired in serious allegations of electoral fraud and such reports are important to facilitate civil society to improve Pakistan's democratisation. The EU is a bastion of best practice in democratic governance and we are waiting to learn about their findings on Pakistan elections 2024.

Yours faithfully,
Dr Ahmed

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, Service européen pour l’action extérieure

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Dear Mr Siddiqui,

 

Thank you for your message.

If we understand correctly, you are not submitting a confirmatory
application but you are rather interested in the possibility of using the
initial reply sent to you, here attached.

Should that be the case, please note that you may use that document and
make it public if you consider appropriate.

 

Thank you for clarifying your intentions.

 

Your sincerely,

 

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

[1][EEAS request email]

SG.LD.ATD

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Rond-Point Schuman 9A, B-1046 Brussels

 

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Ayaz Ahmed Siddiqui

Dear EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS,

Thank you for your response. Yes indeed I am interested in using the initial response.

However, I would also like to know how to access relevant information on the report without undermining the EU relations with the concerned country.

Yours sincerely,

Siddiqui

Ayaz Ahmed Siddiqui

Dear EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS,

Thank you for your response. Yes indeed I am interested in using the initial response.

However, I would also like to know how to access relevant information on the report without undermining the EU relations with the concerned country.

Yours sincerely,

Siddiqui

Yours sincerely,

Siddiqui

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, Service européen pour l’action extérieure

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Dear Mr Siddiqui,

 

Thank you for your message. As mentioned in previous exchange, you can use
the initial response sent to you provided that its meaning is not
distorted and the source acknowledged.

 

As regards your additional query, we are unfortunately not in a position
to help you as our field of responsibility is limited to dealing with
access to documents requests.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

[1][EEAS request email]

SG.LD.ATD

_____________________________________

Rond-Point Schuman 9A, B-1046 Brussels

 

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Ayaz Ahmed Siddiqui

Dear European External Action Service,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Election Expert Mission report for Pakistan 2024'.

I would like a review of my request for Election Expert Mission report for Pakistan 2024. The document coordinator response to my original request is that the report cannot be released without consent from the non-EU state involved as it may compromise the relationship with the EU and the concerned state. Moreover, even a partial release of the document will have the same impact.

I understand that a complete disclosure of this report is not possible at this time. Therefore, I´m requesting a partial release of the report for instance, an Executive Summary, Abstract, Conclusions, that allows Pakistan´s civil society an overview of the EU expert assessment of Pakistan´s Elections 2024. There are exaggerated claims around the election outcomes reported in the press. For instance,
The Economist reports: https://www.economist.com/asia/2024/02/1....
Dawn reports: https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?....

So, I believe a partial disclosure of independent and expert analysis will put many such exaggerated claims to rest. Moreover, a partial disclosure may not be contradictory to the terms of non-disclosure and in-line with the broader mission of EU to promote responsible governance and democracy. In this way the release of information will also address the dissatisfaction among the electorate in Pakistan after the electoral exercise and will thus contribute towards neutralizing a polarizing media discourse in the country.

I understand that I didn´t apply for the confirmatory application earlier. This was because I was unclear about what this option meant on AskTheEU. Now that I have learned about it, I am doing due diligence before making any information public.

As always thank you for your consideration and prompt response.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/elec...

Yours faithfully,

Siddiqui

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, Service européen pour l’action extérieure

Dear Mr Siddiqui,

 

This message is an acknowledgement of receipt for your confirmatory
application requesting for a review of our reply, dated 22 April 2024,
under Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament,
Council and Commission documents (which the EEAS is also respecting).

 

Your confirmatory application has the same reference number 2024/077 as
the initial one. Please refer to this number in any further
correspondence.

 

In accordance with the Regulation, you will receive a reply within 15
working days: 27/5/2024. In case this time-limit needs to be extended, you
will be informed in due course.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

[1][EEAS request email]

SG.LD.ATD

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Ayaz Ahmed Siddiqui

Dear EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS,

I had requested an internal review for my request for partial release of the above mentioned report 15 days ago which is your time limit to respond. This is a reminder about the status of my request.

Yours sincerely,

Siddiqui

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, Service européen pour l’action extérieure

Dear Mr Siddiqui,

 

Please be informed that in accordance with the Regulation, you will
receive a reply within 15 working days: 27/5/2024. In case this time-limit
needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

[1][EEAS request email]

SG.LD.ATD

 

 

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EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS, Service européen pour l’action extérieure

Dear Mr Siddiqui,

 

Your confirmatory application is currently being handled.

However, we are not in a position to complete the handling of your
application within the time limit of 15 working days.

We therefore, exceptionally, need to extend the deadline for reply by an
additional 15 working days: 17/6/2024

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

[1][EEAS request email]

SG.LD.ATD

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Dear Mr Siddiqui,

 

On behalf of Ms de Peyron  please find attached the reply to your
confirmatory request for access to documents.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

EEAS ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

[1][EEAS request email]

SG.LD.ATD

 

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