WASHINGTON — The Reagan Administration has tentatively decided to send a delegation of American observers to the Feb. 7 presidential election in the Philippines to underscore the Administration's interest in a free and fair election, U.S. officials and congressional sources said Wednesday.
The White House wants to send a delegation of about 20 members jointly headed by Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rep. Dante B. Fascell (D-Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said one official, who asked not to be identified.
But a congressional decision on whether to participate will depend in part on a hearing before Lugar's committee next Wednesday on steps to make sure the election is fair, an aide to the senator said.
About six other members of Congress also would be included. The White House also will name about 10 private citizens. The White House decision to send the delegation has been made "in principle" and will be announced Friday, barring any second thoughts, a State Department official said.