Fraudulent Voting, Heavy Police Presence Mark PP-284 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: By-election for the PP-284 constituency of the Punjab Assembly [Bahawalnagar-VIII] was characterized by heavy presence of police in and around polling stations, campaigning and canvassing at polling stations in violation of the electoral laws, instances of possible fraudulent voting and significant procedural irregularities, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PP-284 By-Election Observation.

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Fraudulent Voting, Interfering Police Mark PP-82 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: By-election for the eighty-second constituency of the Punjab Assembly [Jhang-X] was characterized by fraudulent voting at many polling stations, partisan election officials siding with one candidate or the other, police interfering with the electoral process and local influential and/or federal and provincial ministers campaigning and canvassing for certain candidates, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PP-82 By-Election Observation.

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PB-25 By-Election Characterized by Violence, Intimidation

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: Amid heightened tension and multiple armed clashes, by-election for the 25th constituency of the Baluchistan Assembly [Jaffarabad-I] was characterized by restrictions on independent observation, widespread incidents of breach of women’s right to vote in secrecy and significant procedural irregularities, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PB-25 By-Election Observation.

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NA-123 By-Election Observation Low Turnout, Heavy Police and Fraudulent Voting Observed

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: Low turnout, extremely heavy presence of police and paramilitary forces, campaigning and canvassing by supporters of contesting candidates around polling stations, campaign materials inside and within 100 yards of most polling stations of particularly the PML-N candidate and significantly high incidences of observed fraudulent voting marked the by-election for the NA-123 constituency of the National Assembly [Lahore-VI], reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of NA-123 By-Election Observation.

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48% MNAs did not participate in 29th NA Session

ISLAMABAD, March 09, 2010: Almost 52% MNAs participated in the 29th Session of the Lower House that left more than half (55%) of the agenda items listed on the Orders of the Day unaddressed, primarily due to excessive use of Points of Order and debate on Adjournment Motions says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Report based on direct observation of the 29th Session of the 13th National Assembly that concluded on March 04, 2011.

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Women MNAs Outperform Male Counterparts in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD: Women members have been more active, assertive and effective voices of citizens than their male counterparts in the National Assembly that is set to complete its Second Parliamentary Year this month, says a Performance Analysis of Women Members of the National Assembly released by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) to mark International…

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17% MNAs present at the outset of the 14th Sitting

February 25, 2010: Attendance remained low at the 14th sitting of the 19th Session. A total of 56 members were present at the outset of the sitting. The Quorum was lacking through the sitting, but was not pointed out by any of the legislators, reports the Free and Fair Election Network [FAFEN] in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Police presence, weak Election Day administration mark NA-55 by-election

ISLAMABAD, February 24, 2010: By-election for the fifty-fifth constituency of the National Assembly [Rawalpindi-VI] was characterized by relatively low turnout, heavy presence of security forces, including intelligence officials, at times interfering with the electoral process, election officials failing to enforce electoral regulations and significant

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13th sitting of 19th NA session started 53 minutes late

Construction of water reservoirs by India remains to be a major matter of concern for the legislators during the low attendance 13th sitting of the 19th session. The House debated the issue for an hour and 30 minutes. A total of 58 members were present at the outset, while only 45 members were present at…

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Only 19 MNAs present at the outset of the 12th sitting of NA

Sitting No. 12 of Session No. 19 of the National Assembly held on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Attendance remains to be an important matter of concern during the 12th sitting as well with only 19 legislators present at the start. The sitting started 25 minutes late and most of the agenda on the Orders of…

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