2013 General Election: Key Findings

FAFEN observed polling processes at a maximum of 38,274 polling stations and 31,337 polling booths spanning over 263 National Assembly constituencies as a part of its election day observations. The exercise yielded observations of a total 71,397 irregularities and violations in the day’s proceedings. These observations were recorded on standardized observation checklists designed to document…

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Counting and Consolidation Reforms Critical to Legitimacy of Election Results

ISLAMABAD, February 21, 2014: The Election Commission of Pakistan must take immediate and effective measures to address critical discrepancies in voter registration especially of women voters, timely finalization and adherence to polling schemes and consolidation of results to improve the quality, legitimacy, transparency and effectiveness of

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FAFEN urges issuance of new schedule for LG elections

Islamabad, February 12, 2014: Showing concern over the delay and abrupt postponement of the much-awaited local government elections, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to immediately issue a new schedule for holding polls in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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FAFEN launches advocacy campaign for electoral reforms

ISLAMABAD, January 22, 2014: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) is launching a nationwide citizens\’ campaign to urge political parties to take up an election reforms agenda as one of their policy and legislative priorities in line with the promises they made during General Election 2013.

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Only one fourth of election petitions disposed of by October 31

ISLAMABAD, December 8, 2013: Fourteen election tribunals established across the country have decided only 95 out of 373 cases heard till October 31, 2013. At least 18 petitions have completed legally stipulated time of 120 days awaiting a decision, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN)

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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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