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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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: DECs in KP Least Cooperative and Transparent

Transparency is a hallmark of free and fair elections. Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) encourages the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to send instructions to all District Election Commissioners (DECs) to ensure maximum transparency and cooperation with observers and other stakeholders throughout the election process. This report aims to highlight the issues about election administration transparency as observed in 15 districts across Pakistan where FAFEN’s District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) conducted interviews with the DECs. The data has been compiled from five districts in Punjab, four in Balochistan and four in Sindh, three in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and one in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The interviews were conducted in the first week of February 2013.

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