Political Parties’ Petitions with Election Tribunals – September 2013 Update

The election results were officially notified on May 22, meaning the candidates had until July 6 to submit petitions with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) constituted 14 tribunals (13 working) across the country to redress election related complaints of contesting candidates. The commission received 402 petitions in all, according to media reports. FAFEN has deployed 18 trained non-partisan lawyers to observe the proceedings in the tribunals set up by the ECP. By September 30, these tribunals had received and heard at least 339 petitions related to national and provincial assemblies. Many of the petitions filed with the ECP have been done so on multiple grounds and have sought more than one relief.

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Low voter interest in a better managed by-election

ISLAMABAD, August 23, 2013: Citizens’ interest appeared to have dwindled in an otherwise peaceful and better managed by-election, notwithstanding procedural irregularities, that took place in 15 national and 26 provincial constituencies under a more assertive Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary election observation report on Friday. Although…

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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 Pre-Election Update 42: ECP Code Violations Continued through End of Campaign Period

FAFEN Pre-Election Update 42: ECP Code Violations Continued through End of Campaign Period

FAFEN observers recorded a total of 6,102 Code of Conduct violations. Of these, 30 were speeches arousing controversy or making personal attacks on rival candidates. Observers reported one incident of action against women voters and five incidents against female candidates.  Other observed violations include the use of loudspeakers (512 instances), rallies causing inconvenience (227), illegal voter inducement (171), weapons display (130), and aerial firing/fireworks (40).

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FAFEN Pre-Election Update 41: Only 11 percent of Election Officials’ Meetings held with Security Officials

FAFEN Pre-Election Update 41: Only 11 percent of Election Officials’ Meetings held with Security Officials

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2013: Free and Fair Election Network’s (FAFEN) Long-Term Observers interviewed Returning Officers (ROs), District Returning Officers (DROs) and District Election Commissioners (DECs) in 48 constituencies and 35 districts, regarding their meetings with election stakeholders at district and constituency levels. These meetings, we believe, are essential for security and logistical planning and to ensure transparency, efficiency, and accountability in the administration of the elections says Pre-Election Update 41 released on Thursday.

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FAFEN Pre-Election Update 40: 24% Rallies Break Speech Rules; 78% Violate Other Regulations

ISLAMABAD, May 8, 2013: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observers in 143 National Assembly (NA) constituencies reported 1,495 rallies of 23 political parties and independent candidates. FAFEN’s Constituency Long-Term Observers (CLTOs) saw an average of 9-14 rallies in each constituency of Punjab and Sindh, but only three rallies on average in constituencies of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), says Pre-Election Update 40 released on Wednesday.

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FAFEN Pre-Election Update 39: 40% of Pre-election Complaints Yet to be Resolved

FAFEN Pre-Election Update 39: 40% of Pre-election Complaints Yet to be Resolved

ISLAMABAD, May 7, 2013: The number of pre-election complaints increased sharply in the last week of April 2013, with 1,476 complaints being registered with election officials between April 23 and 29, 2013, nearly twice the 747 complaints reportedly filed in the preceding week. Out of these complaints, nearly two-thirds (1,049 or 59.8%) were resolved, according to election officials’ records, while more than one-third (427, or 40.2%) remained unresolved, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

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FAFEN Pre-Election Update 38: 830 Code Violations, including Controversial Speeches

ISLAMABAD, May 6, 2013: FAFEN observers recorded a total of 830 Code of Conduct violations between April 20 and 26, 2013. Of these, 10 cases were of speeches arousing controversy or personal criticism of other candidates. FAFEN Pre-Election Update 35 (April 26, 2013) reported 11 similar observed cases.  A related FAFEN press release on April 30, 2013, urged ECP to take more action to “Stop Incitements to Sectarian Violence,” says Pre-Election Update 38 released on Monday.

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FAFEN Pre-Election Update 37: 70 Govt Officials Campaign for Candidates in 25 Constituencies

FAFEN Pre-Election Update 37: 70 Govt Officials Campaign for Candidates in 25 Constituencies

ISLAMABAD, May 5, 2013: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observers witnessed a total of 70 government officials participating in political activities in 25 constituencies across the country. Thirty-six officials were seen seeking votes for different candidates in 12 constituencies, while another 17 officials were observed participating in political rallies, in 12 different constituencies, says Pre-Election Update 37 released on Sunday.

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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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