FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Parties Naming Candidates; Defections at Peak

Pre-U21/28-Mar-2013: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has deployed 130 District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) in districts across the country to observe all aspects of the election process. The observers send data to the FAFEN Election Observation Secretariat in Islamabad, which uses it to publish pre-election updates distributed to the public, media and other stakeholders. The information is also used to raise issues with the stakeholders to help improve the electoral process.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: ECP Should Ensure State Property Free of Campaign Material

Pre-U20/26-March-2013: This report highlights the use of state resources by political parties for election campaigning. It has been prepared from information gathered by the Free and Fair Election Network’s (FAFEN) District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) between March 11 and 17, 2013. The DLTOs were tasked to observe whether there was any campaign material, such as party flags, banners, posters, stickers and wall chalking on the premises of government offices.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 71 DECs hold 321 meetings with election stakeholders

Pre-U19/22-Mar-2013: This update is based on interviews with 71 District Election Commissioners’ (DECs) between February 8 and March 15, 2013, about DECs’ coordination meetings with a wide range of district election stakeholders. DEC meetings with election stakeholders are essential to ensure transparency, efficiency and accountability in local election administration.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Over 96,000 voter applications filed in 23 districts since July 2012

Pre-U17/19-Mar-2013: This report documents voter registration statistics gathered from 33 reporting districts from July 10, 2012 to March 7, 2013. It is based on information collected by District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) deployed by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). DLTOs interviewed District Election Commissioners (DECs) about ongoing voter registration, among other topics relevant to pre-election preparations for General Election 2013. The statistics gathered by DLTOs from DEC offices also include data sent by the National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for new voter registration since July 2012.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 42 out of 61 Observed DEC Offices without Security Guards

Pre-U16/18-March-2013: This report highlights issues relating to security and public accessibility to District Election Commissioner (DEC) offices as observed by District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in 61 districts between February 27 and March 10, 2013. It identifies potential public accessibility issues in 15 of the 61 observed DEC offices and a need for enhanced security measures in 42 offices.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Political Parties Gear Up for Polls

Pre-U15/14-Mar-2013: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has deployed 130 District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) in districts across the country to observe all aspects of the election process. These observers send data to the FAFEN Election Observation Secretariat in Islamabad, which uses the information to publish Pre-election Updates distributed widely to the public and via media. The information is also used to raise issues with various stakeholders to help improve the electoral process.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Security Plans for Campaign Period Lacking in Half of Districts

Pre-U14/13-Mar-2013: District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) requested the District Police Officers (DPOs) or their designated officials for interviews during February 3 and 20, 2013, in 70 districts around the country. FAFEN’s standardized interview protocol includes eight questions related to pre-election security plans, available resources, coordination with other security forces and ECP, and other matters of public importance that should be available to citizens.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: ECP, District Administrations Urged to Make Government Offices Non-political

Pre-U13/11-Mar-2013: This report highlights the use of state resources by political parties for campaigning. It has been prepared from information gathered between February 25 and March 3, 2013, by the Free and Fair Election Network’s (FAFEN’s) District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs)who observed whether there was campaign material such as –party flags, banners, posters, stickers or wall chalking – on the premises of government offices. The report is based on observations of District Election Commissioner (DEC) offices in 43 districts and other government offices in seven districts across the country.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Judicial and other Postings and Transfers recorded in last week of February

Pre-U12/9-Mar-2013: This report is based on data collected by District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) from February 22 to 28, 2013. DLTOs monitor postings and transfers of civil servants that could be relevant to the 2013 General Election. In particular, judges, tehsildars and other civil servants are appointed as District Returning Officers (DROs), Returning Officers (ROs) and Assistant Returning Officers (AROs), who have responsibilities for finalizing polling schemes, polling staff, and election results.

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