FAFEN Releases 2nd Pre-Election Update

The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has deployed coordinators in more than 250 constituencies across the country to observe all aspects of the election process. These observers send weekly reports to the FAFEN Secretariat based in Islamabad, which uses this information to raise pertinent issues with various stakeholders with a view to improving the…

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FAFEN questions neutrality of caretaker setup

The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) notes with concern the process and composition of the caretaker setup installed to oversee the executive function of the state until the general elections scheduled for January 2008. The neutrality of the caretaker government is vital to free and fair elections. The Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan…

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Elections Under Emergency An Oxymoron

Elections under a “state of emergency” run contrary to best election practices around the world. Elections are not sufficient condition to democracy. They must be held in an environment that provides a level playing field to all contenders and enables the will of people to be expressed through the vote without any pressure. The fact that…

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FAFEN Concerned About the Change of Rules for the Presidential Election

ISLAMABAD – September 18, 1007: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) notes with concern the announcement by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of a change in the rules governing the election of the President that nullifies a constitutional provision. It is unclear whether the Election Commission initiated this change in the rules, which enables the incumbent…

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Draft Electoral Roll 2007 Flawed but Fixable

ISLAMABAD, October 17, 2010: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has withdrawn from its observation of the by-election in PS-94 due to the deteriorated security situation in Karachi over the past 24 hours, raising concerns for the safety of its observers – as well as voters — on Election Day on October 17, 2010. FAFEN’s…

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FAFEN urges ECP to maximize

ISLAMABAD July 3, 2007: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) welcomes the two-week extension announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the public display of computerised draft electoral lists, but notes with concern the low level of voter enrolment so far recorded over the past three weeks.

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FAFEN Observers Find Display Centers Closed on Opening Day

ISLAMABAD, JUNE 13, 2007 – Preliminary findings from observers of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) reveal that most Election Commission Display Centers visited in 40 districts were closed despite firm indications that they would be ready to serve the Pakistani public nationwide. At least 400 Display Centers were reported to be closed all day, and many of the ones that opened were shut down by 2:00PM.

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Bonded voting, election rules violations characterize Jhang-VIII by-election

ISLAMABAD, May 24, 2007: Bonded voting, an environment of intimidation, blatant disregard of rules and procedures by election officials and disinterest of political parties followed by a lackluster election campaign characterized the by-election for PP-80, Jhang-VIII seat held on May 24, 2007, says the preliminary election observation report released by Free and Fair Election Network…

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FAFEN releases preliminary election observation report

Bonded voting, an environment of intimidation, blatant disregard of rules and procedures by election officials and disinterest of political parties followed by a lackluster election campaign characterized the by-election for PP-80, Jhang-VIII seat held on May 24, 2007, says the preliminary election observation report released by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) here on Friday.…

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FAFEN sees threats to transparent election

FAFEN Statement on the Current Political Scenario and its Repercussions on Upcoming Elections ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2007: The political instability and volatility stemming out of the ongoing judicial crisis may have serious repercussions on the prospects of free and fair elections, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). FAFEN believes that the way the government has…

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