Use of State Resources for Political Campaigns

ISLAMABAD, February 16, 2013: The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) had the highest incidence of campaign materials being posted at public buildings between February 1 and 7, 2013. These observations were made by the Free and Fair Election Network’s (FAFEN) District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) in 14 districts of Sindh and Punjab.

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FAFEN Unveils Election Observation Methodology

ISLAMABAD, January 31, 2013: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) hosted a Stakeholders Briefing today (Thursday) on the scope and methodology of FAFEN’s long-term observation of the Pakistan General Elections 2013. The objective of FAFEN’s long-term election observation is to facilitate all electoral

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Lack of Interest, Low Turnout Mark Charsadda By-Election

ISLAMABAD, January 16, 2013: Low voter turnout, even lower participation of women and political parties’ lack of interest marked the PK-22 Charsadda-VI by-election on Tuesday, reports Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary report.

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Oddly High Turnout, Heavy Presence of Police and Weak Enforcement of Election Laws Mark December 4 By-Elections

ISLAMABAD, December 5, 2012: A relatively lawful election campaign followed by unusually high turnout, incidences of violence, violations of the code of conduct, suspicious voting patterns and presence of police inside polling stations indicate weak enforcement of election day procedures in nine by-elections on December 4, 2012, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report on Thursday.

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FAFEN Calls for Urgent Partnerships to Increase Voter Registration

ISLAMABAD, August 8, 2012: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to forge a collaboration with political parties and civil society organizations in order to register more voters, and especially women, on Final Electoral Roll (FER) 2012. Political parties, in particular, are urged to cooperate fully with the ECP in this effort for the sake of shared, national interests.

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Low turnout, heavy police presence mark by-election

ISLAMABAD, April 26, 2012: People came out in lower number to vote in the by-election for a Punjab Assembly seat (PP-194) in Multan on Thursday. The seat fell vacant after Shahid Mahmood Khan resigned as MPA. He won the seat in 2008 general elections on a Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) ticket by securing 24,450 votes as the voter turnout was 28.5%. According of FAFEN’s data collected from 15 randomly selected polling stations, the turnout for this by-election went down to 21%.

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