Women’s Election on General Seats a Must for their Political Mainstreaming

TDEA-FAFEN Organizes Workshop for Women Legislators of KP and GB Assemblies

ISLAMABAD, September 30, 2021: The leadership of Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (PAKP) and Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) stressed upon the need for political and electoral reforms to ensure equitable women representation in legislatures.

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Orderly and Peaceful Cantonment Boards LG Elections Register Low Turnout, Fewer Women Candidates & Electoral Irregularities

ISLAMABAD, September 16, 2021: Around one-third of the registered voters in Pakistan’s cantonment boards went to vote on September 12, 2021 in an election that remained largely peaceful, orderly and free of controversy in an otherwise competitive but highly fragmented political environment. The acceptability of election outcome by all major political contenders without any major reservations is a positive first that will help strengthen democratic traditions in the country.

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FAFEN Review and Recommendations on Elections Bill 2017

FAFEN Review and Recommendations on Elections Bill 2017

Enhance and clarify Election Commission’s powers Provide for measures to penalize public servants and persons in service of Pakistan under corrupt practices Withdraw regressive measures to curb transparency Improve procedure and transparency in appointment of caretaker governments Increase minority representation Define regional quota for women reserved representation Take measures to dilute political monopolies ISLAMABAD, August…

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Draft Elections Bill 2017

The Draft Elections Bill 2017 was laid down by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Election Reforms which prepared the document in two years’ consultative process for which its sub-committee, headed by Law Minister Zahid Hamid, met for 70 times. To download Draft Elections Bill 2017, click here …

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FAFEN’s Review and Recommendations Draft Elections Bill, 2017

FAFEN’s Review and Recommendations Draft Elections Bill, 2017

The Draft Elections Bill, 2017, represents a step forward, but still requires critical improvements to ensure the independence and authority of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over all aspects of an election as a prerequisite for free, fair and transparent General Election due in 2018. Appreciating the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms for circulating…

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FAFEN’s Recommendations for Constitutional and Legal Reforms 2014

Based on its comprehensive observation and process of refinement involving input from political parties and workers, civil society organizations and student/youth groups. FAFEN’s recommendations for reforms cover critical aspects of elections relating to pre-election, election-day and post-election processes in order to ensure free, fair and transparent elections. The recommendations seek to maximise autonomy, transparency, accountability and efficiency of electoral and at the same time protect the rights and entitlements of voters and candidates in a way as required by the country’s constitution.

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A Unification of Pakistan’s Election Legislation including Model Provisions for Electoral Reforms

A Unification of Pakistan’s Election Legislation including Model Provisions for Electoral Reforms

Around the globe, the extent to which a country‘s elections are conducted properly are measured against three primary ―benchmarks.‖ Initially, electoral processes are considered for whether they have been implemented in manner consistent with a state‘s election law. In turn, that law is evaluated against its consistency with best practices in election administration and for whether it meets a country‘s international legal obligations.

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Priorities for Reform to Laws Governing the Conduct of Elections in Pakistan

Priorities for Reform to Laws Governing the Conduct of Elections in Pakistan

Both domestic and international institutions within Pakistan have devoted significant energy and resources to encouraging positive change to the country’s election law since the last general election held in 2008. While the current discussion paper contributes to this larger endeavour, it has been written specifically to fulfil a request from the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs for input into the Committee’s consideration of reforms needed within Pakistan’s election-related legislative framework.

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Election Observation Summary and Recommendation for Electoral Reforms

On Election Day, February 18, 2008, FAFEN conducted the world’s largest Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) along with a robust, nationwide election observation methodology, following international principles and best practices. Almost 16,000 FAFEN Polling Station Observers (PSOs) witnessed and recorded the counting of ballots in a statistically-valid sample of 7,778 randomly-selected polling stations in 260 National Assembly constituencies.

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