NA-123 By-Election Observation Low Turnout, Heavy Police and Fraudulent Voting Observed

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: Low turnout, extremely heavy presence of police and paramilitary forces, campaigning and canvassing by supporters of contesting candidates around polling stations, campaign materials inside and within 100 yards of most polling stations of particularly the PML-N candidate and significantly high incidences of observed fraudulent voting marked the by-election for the NA-123 constituency of the National Assembly [Lahore-VI], reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of NA-123 By-Election Observation.

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Police presence, weak Election Day administration mark NA-55 by-election

ISLAMABAD, February 24, 2010: By-election for the fifty-fifth constituency of the National Assembly [Rawalpindi-VI] was characterized by relatively low turnout, heavy presence of security forces, including intelligence officials, at times interfering with the electoral process, election officials failing to enforce electoral regulations and significant

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FAFEN Launches Countrywide Campaign for Immediate LG Elections

ISLAMABAD, December 2, 2009: People across Pakistan will reinforce their demand for immediate local government elections at Citizens Assemblies being organized by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in more than 35 districts around the country between December 3 and 20, 2009.

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FAFEN urges public sharing of NA Committee’s electoral reform proposals

ISLAMABAD: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called upon the National Assembly‚Äôs Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs to publicly share the draft of its recommendations on electoral reforms before its submission to the Parliament. The Committee has been discussing the Electoral Reforms Proposals, submitted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to the…

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Gilgit- Baltistan Elections Competitive, but Marked by Significant Procedural Flaws

Voters of Gilgit-Baltistan went to the polls on November 12, 2009, in an election characterized by weak electoral administration, procedural irregularities, erroneous voter lists and heavy government interference, but following a competitive election campaign that offered fairly equal opportunities to all political and independent contestants. These preliminary findings are based on information received so far…

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ECP Decisive Actions Needed To Increase Voter Numbers

ISLAMABAD: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called upon Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Qazi Muhammad Farooq to take immediate measures to bridge the gap between the 18-year-old or above population and the number of voters registered on the draft electoral rolls currently on public display throughout the country.

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FAFEN urged ECP to Display Voter’s List at Union Councils

ISLAMABAD:  The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) urges the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take immediate measures to ensure the maximum access of eligible voters to check that their names are included on the new Electoral Rolls, which include the 2007 voters’

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Improvements in Display Period, But Problems Remain

ISLAMABAD: Procedural inadequacies, ineffective management and lackluster response of the eligible voters that may have serious implications on the final electoral rolls mar the ongoing display of Draft Electoral Rolls.

According to reports received from observers of the Free

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