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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Sanghar LG Election: Peaceful but procedurally flawed

ISLAMABAD, January 23, 2016: Voters in Sanghar finally got to vote for their local government (LG) representatives on January 23, 2016 after the election was postponed twice due to security concerns. FAFEN observed a total of 1,307 violations of the ECP’s Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Contesting Candidates and other electoral laws and…

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NA-218 By-Election: Chronic Irregularities Persist Despite Better Administration

ISLAMABAD, January 18, 2016: Better administrative and security arrangements marked relatively peaceful and low-turnout by-election in NA-218 (Matiari), said FAFEN’s Preliminary Observation Report on Monday. FAFEN observers documented a total of 454 violations of law, regulations and code of conduct at 139 polling stations observed, averaging 3.3 violations per polling station. This average is lower than the last two by-elections held in Punjab i.e. PP-89 TT Singh with 4.3 violations per polling station and NA-154 Lodhran with 3.5 violations per polling station.

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New Delimitations a Must before Next General Elections

ISLAMABAD, January 7, 2016: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called for new delimitations of the electoral constituencies before the next general elections as an absolute prerequisite to ensure the right of people to equal representation as well as distribution of political power among various geographical regions in proportion to their population, says FAFEN statement on Thursday.

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FAFEN Observes High Incidence of Irregularities in TT Singh By-Election

ISLAMABAD, January 6, 2016: The by-election for the provincial assembly constituency – PP-89 Pir Mahal, Toba Tek Singh-VI – was held in a relatively peaceful environment amidstinsufficient availability of critical election material, widespread canvassing around polling stations and high incidence of irregularities and illegalities in voting processes, says preliminary observation report by the Free and…

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Better administration, over-zealous security mark high-turnout NA-154 by-election

ISLAMABAD, December 24, 2015: An impressive voter turnout of nearly 60 percent, restriction on independent observation and an over-zealous security arbitrarily interpreting election laws characterized a relatively better administered and hotly-contested by-election for NA-154 in Lodhran that preceded a campaign with excessive use of public and private money, say preliminary observation findings by the Free…

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