FAFEN Praises Launch of Online Polling Schemes for Karachi By-polls

ISLAMABAD, April 4, 2016: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) appreciates the release of GIS-enabled polling schemes for upcoming by-elections on a National and a Provincial Assembly constituencies in Karachi. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)on Monday launched online polling schemes for the bye-elections in NA-245 (Karachi Central) and PS-115 (Karachi East) to be held…

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FAFEN Launches Campaign to Open Up Electoral Reforms’ Committee

ISLAMABAD, August 27, 2015: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has launched a public campaign to open up the proceedings of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms for greater transparency and ownership of the citizens, says a press release issued on Thursday. FAFEN has urged the Speaker of the National Assembly to direct the Parliamentary…

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FAFEN Urges Public Consultations on Electoral Reforms

Islamabad, November 22, 2014: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has urged the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms to open its doors to broad-based public consultations to ensure that electoral reforms are meaningful, realistic and reflective of popular aspirations. FAFEN says the committee’s formation is a step in the right direction but the way…

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ECP Must Release Result Forms Now

FAFEN launches public campaign ISLAMABAD, September 11, 2014: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) launched today an online public campaign (http://www.fafen.org/petition/ecp/sign) demanding the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to post on its website essential documents related to the results of General Elections 2013 without further delay, which are fundamental to any objective assessment of…

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FAFEN Unfolds Reforms for Transparent and Accountable Election System

ISLAMABAD: The Free and Fair Election Network has released (FAFEN) its preliminary recommendations for wide-ranging electoral reforms geared towards achieving a transparent and accountable election system that can ensure equal representation of citizens and strengthen democracy in Pakistan. FAFEN’s recommendations are based on the observation of general and by-elections from 2007 to date and address…

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FAFEN Calls for Immediate Political Dialogue on Electoral Reforms

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2014: Urging political parties and parliamentarians to immediately initiate a political dialogue on wide-ranging reforms to improve the election system, the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) calls for complete authority to the Election Commission over the electoral officials and processes as a prerequisite for free, fair and transparent elections. In a…

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ECP Urged to Limit ROs Discretion, Define Objective Candidate Scrutiny Criteria

ISLAMABAD, April 5, 2013: The discretion being applied by Returning Officers (ROs) in scrutinizing candidates for General Elections 2013 is compromising the fairness of the scrutiny process underway across Pakistan, said the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in a press statement urging immediate corrective action by the Election Commission

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Counting Female Voters and Making Sure Female Voters Count

FAFEN Recommendations for Enhancing Women’s Electoral Participation

ISLAMABAD, March 8, 2013: General Elections 2013 could be the time that female voters really count, and that female voters are finally counted in Pakistan.  In honor of International Women’s Day, 8 March, Free and Fair Elections Network (FAFEN) has called upon the

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FAFEN’s 11-point Agenda for Improving Quality of Elections

ISLAMABAD, January 11, 2013: General Elections 2013 must be held within the constitutionally stipulated period under a caretaker setup that is acceptable to political parties inside and outside the Parliament, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) at a press briefing in Islamabad on January 11, 2013. The caretaker setup at the federal and provincial…

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FAFEN Urges ECP to Maximize

ISLAMABAD July 3, 2007: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) welcomes the two-week extension announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the public display of computerised draft electoral lists, but notes with concern the low level of voter

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