Improved Enforcement of Election Laws Marks Sahiwal By-Election

FAFEN observers disallowed observation at 10% of polling stations Security forces barred FAFEN’s duly accredited representatives from observing the voting processes at 10 percent of the polling stations in the otherwise better managed by-election for the vacant National Assembly seat in Sahiwal (NA-162 Sahiwal-III) held on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). At…

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234 Violations in Low Turnout PS-127 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, September 8, 2016: FAFEN observers reported one incident each of violence and a polling station capture in the by-election held for PS-127 (Karachi-XXXIX) on Thursday which was marked by low voter turnout amid heavy presence of security. Illegal campaigning and canvassing and incidents of intimidation of voters by workers of a political party were…

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Curbs on Observation in NA-63 Jhelum-II by-election

Heavy presence of security personnel observed inside polling stations  Incidents of violations decreased significantly under ECP officials ISLAMABAD, August 31, 2016: Security officials barred duly accredited FAFEN election observers from observing nearly 10 percent of the polling stations in the by-election for NA-63 (Jhelum-II) held on Wednesday. However, the observation was allowed in the by-election…

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Orderly, Peaceful Jacobabad By-Election Witnesses Low Turnout

Orderly, Peaceful Jacobabad By-Election Witnesses Low Turnout

ISLAMABAD, August 20, 2016: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) effectively curtailed otherwise commonly found party camps around polling stations to curb illegal campaigning and canvassing in a low-turnout by-election held on a Sindh Assembly constituency in Jacobabad (PS-14) on Saturday. The party camps that were established before start of the poll were removed by…

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Relatively low incidence of violations observed in DG Khan by-election

Relatively low incidence of violations observed in DG Khan by-election

ISLAMABAD, August 18, 2016: The by-election for a Punjab Assembly constituency in Dera Ghazi Khan (PP-240) held on Thursday was better managed and largely peaceful. FAFEN observers reported four violations of laws, rules and codes of conduct on an average per polling station as compared to recently held by-elections in three constituencies of Sindh where…

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High incidence of violations observed in PK-08 Peshawar by-poll

ISLAMABAD, May 12, 2016: Impressive number of people turned out to vote in PK-08 Peshawar-VIII by-election on Thursday held amid stringent security arrangements. Deviation from polling schemes, suspicious voting patterns at some polling stations and illegal canvassing around polling stations were some key highlights of election that followed an active campaigning period. Although heavy security…

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Better administration, over-zealous security mark high-turnout NA-154 by-election

Better administration, over-zealous security mark high-turnout NA-154 by-election

ISLAMABAD, December 24, 2015: An impressive voter turnout of nearly 60 percent, restriction on independent observation and an over-zealous security arbitrarily interpreting election laws characterized a relatively better administered and hotly-contested by-election for NA-154 in Lodhran that preceded a campaign with excessive use of public and private money, say preliminary observation findings by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

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Political Parties’ Petitions with Election Tribunals June 2015 Update

ISLAMABAD, June 18, 2015: Eight more cases were decided by the election tribunals constituted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in May 2015 – bringing the total number of decided cases to 385 (359 decided by the tribunals and 26 disposed by ECP) out of 411, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Thursday. Of the 385 cases, 155 (129 by the tribunals and 26 by the ECP) have been dismissed on grounds of technical deficiencies, implying that the merits of the petitions were not adjudicated on, 49 petitions have been accepted, 25 dismissed due to non-prosecution, 31 dismissed as withdrawn and 123 dismissed after complete trial.

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Political Parties’ Petitions with Election Tribunals May 2015 Update

Only five cases were decided by the election tribunals constituted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in April 2015 – bringing the total number of decided cases to 378 out of 411. Of the 378 cases, 154 have been dismissed on grounds of technical deficiencies, implying that the merits of the petitions were not adjudicated on. Forty-six petitions have been accepted; 25 dismissed due to non-prosecution; 31 dismissed as withdrawn and 120 dismissed after complete trial. The reasons for dismissal of two petitions are not known to FAFEN due to non-availability of their copies of orders.

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Political Parties’ Petitions with Election Tribunals April 2015 Update

The election tribunals constituted by the Election Commission of Pakistan decided six cases in March 2015 – bringing the total number of decided cases to 373 out of 411. As many as 38 petitions are still awaiting decisions. Of the 373 cases, 154 have been dismissed on grounds of technical deficiencies – implying that the merits of the petitions were not adjudicated on. Forty-five petitions have been accepted; 25 dismissed due to non-prosecution; 30 dismissed as withdrawn and 117 dismissed after complete trial. The reasons for dismissal of two petitions are not known to FAFEN due to non-availability of their copies of orders.

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