Equality of Vote Compromised in 92 PA Constituencies

Equality of Vote Compromised in 92 PA Constituencies

ISLAMABAD, April 10, 2018: Examination of the recently issued preliminary report of draft proposals for the delimitation of constituencies reveals that adherence to the principle of equality of vote – a key principle for ensuring equitable political representation – is compromised in 92 proposed Provincial Assembly (PA) constituencies, including 26 in Balochistan, 22 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 21 in Punjab, and 23 in Sindh. These proposed constituencies deviate by more than 10% from their respective provincial average population per PA constituency; exceeding the ordinarily permissible variation range of 10% established by the law.

Of 92 PA constituencies, 72 constituencies have been suggested with a variation rate between 11% and 20%, nine constituencies have variation between 21% and 30%, seven constituencies have a higher degree of variation between 31% and 40%, three constituencies have a variation between 41% and 50% while in case of one Balochistan PA constituency, this variation is exorbitantly higher than 50%.

In a detailed analysis of proposed Provincial Assembly Constituencies in the Preliminary Report and List of Constituencies released by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), FAFEN examined the variations found in the population and voter size of the Provincial Assembly (PA) constituencies with regards to the provincial and district averages of population and voters per constituency. Read More >>

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Delimitation Proposals: FAFEN Identifies Discrepancies in Size of Electoral Constituencies

ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2018: Free and Fair Election Network (ECP) has identified varying degree of discrepancies in the population size of electoral constituencies in fresh delimitation proposals laid out by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). While ECP has upheld the legal delimitation principles of geographical compactness and respect for the existing boundaries of administrative units, the principle of equality of vote is compromised in as many as 81 National Assembly constituencies where the variation in population size exceeds the ordinarily permissible legal limit of 10%.

Election Rules, 2017 drafted and approved by ECP appeared to have been strictly adhered to but in that process legal principle of equality of vote is compromised. Rules pertaining to delimitation could not sufficiently operationalize the legal principle of equality of vote among constituencies. Law provides for equality among constituencies but Rules have attempted to follow this principle among provinces and districts. In a detailed analysis of the Preliminary Report and List of Constituencies released by ECP, FAFEN examined the variations found in the population and voter size of the National Assembly (NA) constituencies with regards to the national, provincial and district averages of population and voters per constituency. Read More >>

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FAFEN Finds Serious Disparities in Voter-to-Population Proportions Across Pakistan

FAFEN Finds Serious Disparities in Voter-to-Population Proportions Across Pakistan

Warns low-voter-to-population proportions may be indicative of high voter under-registration; demands age-wise population data be made public immediately ISLAMABAD, February 5, 2018: Identifying serious disparities in the distribution of voter-to-population proportions across the provinces and districts, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called upon the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) to immediately publicly disclose…

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2.2 Million Adult Women in Sindh Do Not Possess CNIC

2.2 Million Adult Women in Sindh Do Not Possess CNIC

ISLAMABAD, December 29, 2016: Out of 11.9 million adult women in Sindh province, 2.2 million are yet to get computerized national identity cards (CNICs) and become eligible voters, a consultation was told here on Thursday. The consultation, Missing Millions, on the issues of the CNIC and voter registration of women was organized at a local hotel…

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Every Fourth Eligible Woman Voter in Balochistan Not on Voters’ Lists

Every Fourth Eligible Woman Voter in Balochistan Not on Voters’ Lists

QUETTA, December 22, 2016: The political parties, civil society and the officials of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) vowed to work together to expedite the voter registration of at least five lac missing yet eligible women voters in Balochistan who have yet to be issued Computerized National Identity…

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6.5M Women in Punjab Not Registered as Voters

6.5M Women in Punjab Not Registered as Voters

Consensus developed to form committee to minimize electoral deficit LAHORE: December 3, 2016: Political parties, civil society organizations and media have agreed to form a provincial committee for coordinated efforts to enhance the registration of women voters in Punjab ahead of General Election 2018. The consensus was developed at a consultation organized by Free and…

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11.67M Women Await Registration as Voters

11.67M Women Await Registration as Voters

FAFEN holds Consultation on Women CNIC and Voter Registration PESHAWAR, December 1, 2016: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called upon the relevant government authorities to pace up efforts to register as many as 11.67 million women who are missing from the electoral rolls before the General Election 2013. At a consultation attended…

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FAFEN Calls for Women’s Voter Registration Emergency

ISLAMABAD, November 25, 2015: The difference in male and female voter registration widened from 10.97 million in May 2013 to 11.65 million in September 2015, indicating at the need for urgent efforts by political parties and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to maximize women’s voter registration ahead of General Elections 2018, says a statement issued by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday.

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