Restrictions on women, observers mark NA-25 by-polls

ISLAMABAD, September 18, 2013: Four incidents of women being barred from voting were reported during the NA-25 (Dera Ismail Khan-cum-Tank) by-election on Wednesday. The voting process was largely peaceful amid heavy deployment of security personnel. However, female voters were disenfranchised in parts of the constituency where community elders had reportedly decided to bar women from…

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Highest Leaders Must Reassure the Voting Public

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2013 – The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) is set to deploy 40,500 trained, non-partisan and legally accredited citizens to observe General Election 2013  on May 11, one of the largest organized citizen election observation undertaken anywhere in the world

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State and Parties Must Act Against Election Sabotage

ISLAMABAD, May 2, 2013: Decisive action is required by the state against militant groups deliberately attempting to sabotage the election process through acts of terrorism and intimidation of candidates and their supporters, polling officials and voters across Pakistan, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), calling for formal statements from all parties and candidates denouncing anti-election violence against any election contestants.

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ECP Must Stop Incitements to Sectarian Election Violence

ISLAMABAD, April 30, 2013 – In the context of escalating violence against certain political parties and candidates, including several deadly attacks over the weekend, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should take strong action to address political speeches that could incite sectarian violence, contrary to the ECP Code of

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Candidates continue to defy Code

ISLAMABAD, April 26, 2013: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN)’s Constituency Long-Term Observers have found out that the political parties’ candidates are continuing to defy the Code of Conduct notified by the Election Commission of Pakistan, as they gathered reports from 152 constituencies across the country between April 11

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512 Code of Conduct Violations in 10 Days

ISLAMABAD, April 20, 2013: As many as 16 political parties and independent candidates have committed violations of the Election Code of Conduct in 77 observed National Assembly constituencies across the country between April 1 and 10, 2013, says Pre-Election Update 33 released on Saturday.

Violations committed by political parties and independent

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State Security Necessary for Level Election Playing Field

ISLAMABAD, 17 April 2013: Regional and party-wise analysis of violence monitoring data by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) confirms claims by several political parties that their ability to campaign freely is being undermined and that direct intervention by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and state security forces is necessary to ensure a level…

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Citizens can register election complaints on FAFEN web portal

ISLAMABAD, April 16, 2013: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has provided the citizens of Pakistan an opportunity to register election-related complaints on FAFEN web portal, electionpakistan.org, in order to induce responsive action. FAFEN believes citizens have the right and the responsibility to monitor the performance of government officials and

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40% Male, 42% Female NA Candidates without NTNs

ISLAMABAD, April 16, 2013: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has published a list of candidates who have submitted nomination papers for contesting National Assembly constituencies for the 2013 General Election. The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has obtained the data of all aspiring candidates from the ECP website

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