ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned the session of the National Assembly on August 13, 2018 (Monday) at 1000 hours, said an official notification issued here on Friday. It would be the first session of 15th National Assembly and newly-elected members will take oath while the election and oath of Speaker and Deputy Speaker will […]Details
ISLAMABAD: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Zafar Iqbal Jhagra has summoned the session of the Provincial Assembly on August 13, 2018 (Monday) at 1000 hours. According to the official notification issued on Thursday, the Governor will administer oath to the newly-elected members. The election and oath of Speaker and Deputy Speaker will also take place in the […]Details
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will notify the successful candidates on the reserved seats on Saturday, August 11, 2018 after final list of the returned candidates is published. According to ECP sources, candidates from the reserved seats will be notified within two days after independent candidates join political parties. The deadline for the […]Details
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly will hold secret ballot for the election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker after summoning of the session by the President within 21 days after the general elections. Rule 9 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly states that “at the first meeting of the Assembly, […]Details
Islamabad, August 3, 2018: The number of ballot papers excluded from the count in General Elections 2018 surpassed the number of ballots rejected in General Elections 2013. Nearly 1.67 million ballots were excluded from the count in GE-2018. This number may slightly vary after the final consolidated result is released by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as the ballots excluded from the count at the polling station level by Presiding Officers are to be reviewed by the Returning Officers during the consolidation proceedings, who can either reject them or count them in favor of a candidate if excluded wrongly.
The increase in the number of ballots excluded from the count was a ubiquitous phenomenon observed in all provinces and Islamabad Capital Territory with nearly 11.7% overall increase. In Islamabad Capital Territory, the number of ballots excluded from the count is more than double the rejected ballots in the region in GE-2013. Around 40% increase in the number of ballots excluded from the count was observed in Balochistan, 30.6 % increase in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), 7% increase in Sindh and 6.6% increase in Punjab. Read More >>Details
ISLAMABAD: The Constitution of Pakistan terms it mandatory to convene the session of the National Assembly within 21 days, following the day on which a general election is held, to elect Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Leader of the House. According to Article 91 (2) of the Constitution of Pakistan, “the National Assembly shall meet on […]Details
ISLAMABAD: Out of a total strength of 342 Members in the National Assembly, the Prime Minister or Leader of the House shall be elected through a majority vote, whereas the support of more than half of its members (over 171) is not compulsory to elect the new Premier. According to Article 91 (4) of the […]Details
ISLAMABAD, July 27, 2018: More than half of Pakistan’s registered voters went to the polls on July 25, 2018 to mark the second consecutive democratic transition of power, clearing the uncertainties over the future of democracy in the country. The election campaign was long-drawn and competitive, in an extremely polarized political environment punctuated by a few major terrorist attacks. Election Day was better managed, relatively peaceful and free of any major controversy until late night concerns emerged over the transparency of the counting process, and the subsequent slow process of announcement of provisional results prompted some political parties to reject the election results.
Despite issues with the Result Transmission System (RTS) set in place by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to meet the requirements of the new Election Law that was enacted in October 2017, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) acknowledges significant improvements in the quality of critical electoral processes in the election cycle that inspired greater public confidence. With regard to voter registration, with a particular focus on increasing women enrollment on electoral rolls, and greater diligence in following legally defined principles in delimitation and effective enforcement of campaign rules, the Election Commission appeared to be more assertive in its attempt to deliver an improved quality of election. Read More >>Details
ISLAMABAD, July 24, 2018: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has been conducting periodic assessments of the political environment and the implementation of election-related laws, rules and regulations since January 2018, as part of its multi-phase observation of General Elections (GE) 2018. The purpose of the observation is to contribute to the evolution of an election process that is free, fair, transparent and accountable, in accordance with the requirements laid out in the Elections Act, 2017. FAFEN produces regular updates, information briefs and reports to provide objective, impartial and evidence-based information regarding the quality of electoral and political processes to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), political parties, the media, civil society organizations, and citizens.
This assessment of polling stations comprises analysis of the Final Lists of Polling Stations available on the ECP’s website, and findings by FAFEN observers on the availability of facilities at 10,895 polling stations in sampled electoral areas, perceptions of 1,574 National Assembly (NA) candidates regarding the process of finalizing polling stations and estimations by 12,104 citizens concerning ease of access. As part of its election observation methodology, FAFEN randomly sampled 50 electoral areas in each NA constituency. Read More >>Details
ISLAMABAD, July 21, 2018: The Senate on Saturday concluded debate on a Motion under Rule 218 regarding political situation in the country ahead of general elections on July 25, observes the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings of last (2nd) sitting of 280th session requisitioned by…Details