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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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 1,760 Pre-Election Complaints Filed with DECs in 48 Districts

Pre-U11/8-Mar-2013: This report highlights preparations being made by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) across the country for administering the upcoming General Election 2013. It is based on information gathered from February 1 to February 20, 2013, by the District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) deployed by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). A total of 88 District Election Commissioners (DECs) were asked about the placement of pre-election complaint-handling mechanism and 51 DECs about voter registration process.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Office-Bearers of Political Parties Claim Violence, Intimidation against Workers

Pre-U9/6-Mar-2013: This report is based on direct interviews of political party office-bearers conducted by District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) deployed across the country by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). It has been compiled from data gathered between February 1 and 28, 2013, from 51 districts – Sindh (20 districts), Punjab (18), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (7), Balochistan (4), and one each in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the Frontier Regions (FRs). FAFEN DLTOs use a standardized interview format for discussions with political party office-bearers, including three questions on violence.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: ECP Urged to Make Critical Information Public

Pre-U8/Mar-4-2013: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) acknowledges the authority and responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in administering elections. ECP official policy is to ensure transparency and openness in election administration. One goal of FAFEN’s pre-election observation methodology is to assist the ECP to demonstrate its commitment to fulfillment of this policy during all stages of the election process. To this end, FAFEN has deployed 110 trained District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) across the country and equipped them with a comprehensive set of checklists on a wide range of pre-election issues. Data gathered by these DLTOs is the basis for this report.

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