FAFEN Pre-Election Update 39: 40% of Pre-election Complaints Yet to be Resolved

FAFEN Pre-Election Update 39: 40% of Pre-election Complaints Yet to be Resolved

ISLAMABAD, May 7, 2013: The number of pre-election complaints increased sharply in the last week of April 2013, with 1,476 complaints being registered with election officials between April 23 and 29, 2013, nearly twice the 747 complaints reportedly filed in the preceding week. Out of these complaints, nearly two-thirds (1,049 or 59.8%) were resolved, according to election officials’ records, while more than one-third (427, or 40.2%) remained unresolved, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

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FAFEN Pre-Election Update 38: 830 Code Violations, including Controversial Speeches

ISLAMABAD, May 6, 2013: FAFEN observers recorded a total of 830 Code of Conduct violations between April 20 and 26, 2013. Of these, 10 cases were of speeches arousing controversy or personal criticism of other candidates. FAFEN Pre-Election Update 35 (April 26, 2013) reported 11 similar observed cases.  A related FAFEN press release on April 30, 2013, urged ECP to take more action to “Stop Incitements to Sectarian Violence,” says Pre-Election Update 38 released on Monday.

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FAFEN Pre-Election Update 37: 70 Govt Officials Campaign for Candidates in 25 Constituencies

FAFEN Pre-Election Update 37: 70 Govt Officials Campaign for Candidates in 25 Constituencies

ISLAMABAD, May 5, 2013: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observers witnessed a total of 70 government officials participating in political activities in 25 constituencies across the country. Thirty-six officials were seen seeking votes for different candidates in 12 constituencies, while another 17 officials were observed participating in political rallies, in 12 different constituencies, says Pre-Election Update 37 released on Sunday.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 300 election-related complaints pending with DECs, DROs and ROs

Pre-U36/29-April-2013: About three-fifths (447, or 59.8%) of the 747 complaints received by 197 Returning Officers (ROs), 39 District Returning Officers (DROs) and as many District Election Commissioners (DECs) between April 16 and 22, 2013, have been resolved successfully. Three hundred complaints (40.2%) were not yet resolved. The data was gathered by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) District and Constituency Long-Term Observers (DLTOs and CLTOs) across the country.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Candidates continue to defy Code

Pre-U35/26-April-2013: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has deployed Constituency Long Term Observers (CLTOs) in every National Assembly constituency across the country to observe the pre-election campaign period. These CLTOs report violations of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Candidates, among other topics.

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