Curbs on Observation in NA-63 Jhelum-II by-election

Heavy presence of security personnel observed inside polling stations  Incidents of violations decreased significantly under ECP officials ISLAMABAD, August 31, 2016: Security officials barred duly accredited FAFEN election observers from observing nearly 10 percent of the polling stations in the by-election for NA-63 (Jhelum-II) held on Wednesday. However, the observation was allowed in the by-election…

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Orderly, Peaceful Jacobabad By-Election Witnesses Low Turnout

ISLAMABAD, August 20, 2016: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) effectively curtailed otherwise commonly found party camps around polling stations to curb illegal campaigning and canvassing in a low-turnout by-election held on a Sindh Assembly constituency in Jacobabad (PS-14) on Saturday. The party camps that were established before start of the poll were removed by…

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Relatively low incidence of violations observed in DG Khan by-election

ISLAMABAD, August 18, 2016: The by-election for a Punjab Assembly constituency in Dera Ghazi Khan (PP-240) held on Thursday was better managed and largely peaceful. FAFEN observers reported four violations of laws, rules and codes of conduct on an average per polling station as compared to recently held by-elections in three constituencies of Sindh where…

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High incidence of violations observed in PK-08 Peshawar by-poll

ISLAMABAD, May 12, 2016: Impressive number of people turned out to vote in PK-08 Peshawar-VIII by-election on Thursday held amid stringent security arrangements. Deviation from polling schemes, suspicious voting patterns at some polling stations and illegal canvassing around polling stations were some key highlights of election that followed an active campaigning period. Although heavy security…

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Improved ECP Enforcement Witnessed in Karachi By-Elections

KARACHI, April 7, 2016: People went to a peaceful election held in two constituencies of Karachi amid heavy presence of security forces and an unusually assertive Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seen to be enforcing the election rules, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its election observation report on Thursday. However, procedural irregularities…

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Less in Number but Violations Persist in By-Elections Marked by Heavy Presence of Security

ISLAMABAD, March 22, 2016: Sporadic instances of bar on election observers, illegal campaigning inside and around polling stations, breach of voters’ right to secret ballot, unconducive environment for women voters, illegal restrictions on polling agents by security staff and insufficient availability of critical election material were recorded in otherwise well-administered and peaceful by-elections in two…

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