Mandi Bahauddin By-Poll Marked by Strong Police Presence, Unlawful Campaigning

Islamabad, June 08, 2015: Strong presence of police and unauthorized personnel inside polling stations marked the by-election held in NA-108 (Mandi Bahauddin-I) on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary report. The by-election was held in the wake of PTI leader Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry’s disqualification in a fake degree case. Chaudhry…

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Votes in Largest-Ever Election

Peshawar, May 31, 2015: An impressive number of voters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa turned out to elect their local council representatives on Saturday in the largest-ever electoral exercise in the province, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Although the campaign period remained peaceful to a large extent, Election Day was marked by administrative mismanagement, extremely…

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Election Tribunals Decide Five Cases in April 2015

ISLAMABAD, May 27, 2015: Only five cases were decided by the election tribunals constituted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in April 2015 – bringing the total number of decided cases to 378 out of 411, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday. Of the 378 cases, 154 have been dismissed on…

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FAFEN to Observe Local Government Elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

ISLAMABAD, May 22, 2015: Continuing with its mandate to strengthen the election process in Pakistan, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) will observe the upcoming local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, scheduled to be held on May 30, 2015. FAFEN plans to deploy a total of 1,026 trained and non-partisan observers in as many union councils…

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Heavy Police Presence, Restriction on Observation Mark PP-196 By-Election

Islamabad, May 21, 2015: Heavy presence of police inside polling stations and restrictions on citizens’ observation marked the by-election held in PP-196 (Multan-III) on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary report. The seat was vacated by Abdul Waheed Chaudhry of the ruling PML-N, who was disqualified by an election tribunal…

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PK-95 By-Election: Candidates Collude to Bar Women from Voting

ISLAMABAD, May 8, 2015: As many as 47,282 women were barred from voting in the by-election to the provincial assembly seat PK-95 (Lower Dir-II) on Thursday under a tacit understanding among contesting candidates, says a preliminary observation report released by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Friday. The candidates had reached a verbal agreement…

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Relatively Better Managed By-Election Held amidst Heavy Security Measures

ISLAMABAD, April 23, 2015: Thousands of Rangers and Police personnel supervised a peaceful, relatively well-managed, keenly contested and closely monitored by-election in the central Karachi constituency of NA-246 on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary statement. Preceded by an intense triangular election campaign which was dotted with incidents of brawls…

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38 Petitions Yet to be Decided by Election Tribunals

ISLAMABAD, April 22, 2015: The election tribunals constituted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decided six cases in March 2015 – bringing the total number of decided cases to 373 out of 411. Meanwhile, 38 petitions are still awaiting decisions. Of the 373 cases, 154 have been dismissed on grounds of technical deficiencies – implying that the…

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Election tribunals decide three cases in February 2015

ISLAMABAD, March 25, 2015: The election tribunals constituted by the Election Commission of Pakistan decided three cases in February 2015 – bringing the total number of decided cases to 367 out of 411. As many as 44 petitions are still awaiting decisions. Of the 367 cases, 154 have been dismissed on grounds of technical deficiencies – implying that the merits of the petitions were not adjudicated on. Forty-four petitions have been accepted; 25 dismissed due to non-prosecution; 30 dismissed as withdrawn and 112 dismissed after complete trial. The reasons for dismissal of two petitions are not known to FAFEN due to non-availability of their copies of orders.

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47 election petitions still await decisions

Election Tribunals decide only six cases in January 2015
ISLAMABAD, March 02, 2015: The election tribunals decided only six cases in January 2015, bringing the total number of decided cases to 364 out of 411 (338 out of 385 by the tribunals and 26 by the ECP). On the other hand, 47 petitions are still awaiting decisions, says Free and Fair Election Network on Monday.

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