General Election 2013: FAFEN Observation – Key Findings and Recommendations

Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) issued three short statements on Election Day, May 11, 2013, and a preliminary statement and report the day after the elections. The following report includes additional analysis of summary data received from more than 40,000 observers across the country. The ten themes in this report include voter turnout, barriers to women’s voting, irregularities in polling stations during voting and counting procedures, and weak election results management. The report also includes sections on last-minute changes in polling schemes; pre-election violence, government interference and Code of Conduct violations; and constituency delimitations.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Only 11 percent of Election Officials’ Meetings held with Security Officials

Pre-U41/09-May-2013: This update is based on interviews with Returning Officers (ROs), District Returning Officers (DROs) and District Election Commissioners (DECs) between April 23 and 30, 2013, regarding their meetings with election stakeholders at district and constituency levels. These meetings are essential for security and logistical planning and to ensure transparency, efficiency and accountability in administration of the elections. The election officials who were interviewed reportedly held a total of 72 meetings with election stakeholders.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 40% of Pre-election Complaints Yet to be Resolved

Pre-U39/07-May-2013: Free and Fair Election Network’s (FAFEN’s) District and Constituency Long-Term Observers (DLTOs and CLTOs) have been deployed across the country since February 2013. These long-term election observers collected data between April 23 and 29, 2013, about the number and status of pre-election complaints filed with the offices of Returning Officers (ROs), District Returning Officers (DROs) and District Election Commissioners (DECs).

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 830 Code Violations, including Controversial Speeches

Pre-U38/06-May -2013: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has deployed Constituency Long Term Observers (CLTOs) in every National Assembly constituency across the country to observe the pre-election campaign period. These CLTOs report violations of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Candidates, among other topics.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 300 election-related complaints pending with DECs, DROs and ROs

Pre-U36/29-April-2013: About three-fifths (447, or 59.8%) of the 747 complaints received by 197 Returning Officers (ROs), 39 District Returning Officers (DROs) and as many District Election Commissioners (DECs) between April 16 and 22, 2013, have been resolved successfully. Three hundred complaints (40.2%) were not yet resolved. The data was gathered by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) District and Constituency Long-Term Observers (DLTOs and CLTOs) across the country.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Candidates continue to defy Code

Pre-U35/26-April-2013: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has deployed Constituency Long Term Observers (CLTOs) in every National Assembly constituency across the country to observe the pre-election campaign period. These CLTOs report violations of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Candidates, among other topics.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 86% of observed campaign rallies violate ECP Code

Pre-U34/23-April-2013: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has deployed Constituency Long-Term Observers (CLTOs) in every National Assembly (NA) constituency across the country to observe all electoral processes, including election campaigning. This Pre-Election Update is based on CLTO reports about political rallies held between April 2 and 15, 2013.

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