FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Office-Bearers of Political Parties Claim Violence, Intimidation against Workers

Pre-U9/6-Mar-2013: This report is based on direct interviews of political party office-bearers conducted by District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) deployed across the country by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). It has been compiled from data gathered between February 1 and 28, 2013, from 51 districts – Sindh (20 districts), Punjab (18), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (7), Balochistan (4), and one each in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the Frontier Regions (FRs). FAFEN DLTOs use a standardized interview format for discussions with political party office-bearers, including three questions on violence.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: ECP Urged to Make Critical Information Public

Pre-U8/Mar-4-2013: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) acknowledges the authority and responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in administering elections. ECP official policy is to ensure transparency and openness in election administration. One goal of FAFEN’s pre-election observation methodology is to assist the ECP to demonstrate its commitment to fulfillment of this policy during all stages of the election process. To this end, FAFEN has deployed 110 trained District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) across the country and equipped them with a comprehensive set of checklists on a wide range of pre-election issues. Data gathered by these DLTOs is the basis for this report.

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DHQs Lack Specialized Medical Services

DHQs Lack Specialized Medical Services

ISLAMABAD, 2 March 2013: At least 45% District Headquarter Hospitals (DHQs) did not have cardiology, chest specialist, orthopedic and psychiatry departments, says a Free and Fair Election (FAFEN) report. A report based on monitoring of 65 District Head Quarters Hospitals across Pakistan in December 2012.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 16 out of 23 Recorded Postings and Transfers among Police in Punjab

Pre-U7/Mar-1-2013: This report is based on data gathered by District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) during February 6-21, 2013. It highlights 23 postings and transfers recorded in 11 districts across Pakistan. Eight of the districts were in Punjab, two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and one in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). FAFEN DLTOs monitor postings and transfers of civil servants that could be relevant to the 2013 General Elections.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Political Parties’ Campaign Material found on Government Property

Pre-U6/26-Feb-2013: This report highlights the use of state resources for campaigning by political parties. It has been prepared from information gathered February 8-20 by District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). DLTOs observe whether campaign materials – such as flags, banners, posters, stickers and wall chalking – of political parties/candidates are on the premises of government offices. They also observe if any government officials participate in political activities. This report includes observations of government offices in 22 districts and DEC offices in 50 districts.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Political Parties’ Preparations for Elections in the Districts

Pre-U5/22-Feb-2013: This report reflects FAFEN’s observation of election preparations by political parties across various districts of Pakistan. It has been compiled from data gathered by FAFEN’s District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) who interviewed 31officials representing 12 political parties in 20 districts. FAFEN’s standardized protocol includes 15 questions related to electioneering strategy and other topics. Sixteen (16) representatives of the 12 different political parties were interviewed in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP), eight (8) in Punjab, four (4) in Balochistan, two (2) in FATA and one (1) in Sindh.

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80% rise in cases of measles

80% Rise in Cases of Measles

A significant increase of 80% was recorded in cases of measles in November – 247 cases reported in 17 districts as compared to 137 in 16 districts in the preceding month. Measles is considered highly contagious and chances of infection increase in late winter and spring.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Political Parties Preparing for Electoral Alliances, Seat Adjustments

Pre-U4/19-Feb-2013: This report reflects FAFEN observation of early campaigns of political parties across various districts in Pakistan. It has been compiled from data gathered by FAFEN’s District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) in three districts of Sindh, six districts of Punjab, and one district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) between February 1 and February 9, 2013. FAFEN observers are tasked to monitor and record political alliances, early campaigning, and other significant political developments that could have an effect on the upcoming general elections.

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