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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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 14 Postings and Transfers Observed in 11 Districts

U3/17-Feb/13: This report reflects the number of transfers and postings of government officials, election staff, police administration and district government officials in 11 districts across Pakistan. It is based on data gathered by FAFEN’s District Long-Term Officers (DLTOs) from four Punjab districts, five districts of Sindh, and two districts of Balochistan between February 1 and 12, 2013. FAFEN observers are tasked to monitor and report on postings and transfers that may be relevant to the upcoming general elections in any way.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 49th Session Report

FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 49th Session Report

Islamabad, February 15, 2013: Marked by passage of four education-related bills amid walkouts on the imposition of Governor’s rule in Balochistan and the debate over creation of new provinces, the 49th session of National Assembly witnessed a historic change in the rules of procedure allowing standing committees power to scrutinize ministerial budgetary proposals before made…

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Price of Tomatoes, Wheat and Poultry Products Increase

Price of Tomatoes, Wheat and Poultry Products Increase

Prices of 26 commodities including tomatoes, wheat, poultry and some fruits increased in January as compared to December 2012. Seventeen commodities experienced price cuts while nine registered no change. FAFEN monitors who visited 195 retail outlets in 111 districts reported a high rise in the price of tomatoes, 42%. However, a decrease was registered for…

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Political Campaigning at Government Buildings

The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians had the highest incidence of campaign materials posted at public buildings/offices between February 1 and 7, 2013. These observations were made by the Free and Fair Election Network’s District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) in 14 districts across Sindh and Punjab. The material included party banners, posters, stickers and wall chalking on the premises of public offices. FAFEN observers saw PPPP posters, graffiti and stickers at 17 public offices, followed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which had such material at five. Seven other parties also had their campaign material at public places.

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