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

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…

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FAFEN Preliminary Observation Report on Islamabad Local Government Election 2015

People in Islamabad Capital Territory went to the polls to elect their local representatives for the first ever local government on November 30, 2015 in a well-managed election that remained peaceful but were characterized by irregularities that continue to prevail due to weaker mechanisms for the enforcement of electoral laws and rules on Election Day,…

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FAFEN Preliminary Observation Report on Local Government Election Punjab and Sindh Phase II

Voters in twenty-six districts of Punjab and Sindh provinces went to the polls to elect their local government representatives in an election characterized by illegalities and irregularities amidst weak enforcement and monitoring by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) or its designated officials, says FAFEN Preliminary Observation Report on Local Government Election Punjab and Sindh…

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Sindh Local Government Election Phase-I: FAFEN Preliminary Observation Report

Voters turned out in considerable numbers to vote for their local representatives during the first phase of election that was held in eight districts of Sindh on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Although relatively better organized, the local government elections were not free from procedural irregularities and tainted by the afternoon clash in Khairpur district that led to the killing of as many as 11 political workers. In addition, the incidents of restrictions on FAFEN observers for the observation of the voting process as well as counting of votes raised questions about the transparency of the process.

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Punjab Local Government Election Phase-I: FAFEN Preliminary Observation Report

An impressive number of people turned out to vote in the first phase of the Local Government Election in Punjab held in 12 districts. While relatively peaceful, the elections were marked by procedural irregularities and illegalities that continue to highlight weak grip of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on the enforcement of electoral processes. One of the most pronounced irregularities on the Election Day was the barrier on FAFEN’s observation of both voting and the counting processes at the polling stations despite issuance of accreditation by the ECP.

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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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FAFEN’s Preliminary Observation Findings of GBLA Elections 2015

The election to the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly on June 8, 2015 witnessed an impressive turnout of voters in a peaceful and well-managed polling process. However, the vote counting and result consolidation processes were not accessible to independent observers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary observation report on Wednesday. Despite an efficient accreditation process by the Election Commission of Gilgit-Baltistan (ECGB), the principles of electoral transparency appeared not to have been shared with the government and security officials, who obstructed FAFEN’s observers – particularly of the results consolidation process.

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FAFEN’s Preliminary Observation Findings of the KP Local Government Elections 2015

Peshawar, May 31, 2015: An impressive number of voters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa turned out to elect their local council representatives on Saturday in the largest-ever electoral exercise in the province, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Although the campaign period remained peaceful to a large extent, Election Day was marked by administrative mismanagement, extremely slow processing of voters, procedural irregularities and several reports of violence and bar on women voters. Polling was held in 3,339 neighborhood and village councils of 978 wards in 24 districts of the province, with the exception of Kohistan where the elections were stayed by the Peshawar High Court.

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