ISLAMABAD, May 19, 2021: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called upon the Parliament to consider an immediate review of the inefficacy of the First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) system to yield truly representative legislatures and governments, and initiate wide-ranging discourse and negotiations on the adoption of Proportional Representation (PR) system that guarantees translation of more…Details
Calls for a broader public debate and political discourse on the meaningful electoral reforms to enhance representation and inclusivity
ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2021: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has urged the government to desist from any haste in introducing the changes to the Elections Act, 2017, particularly the adaption of electronic voting and biometric machines. It also called for a broader public debate and political discourse on the much-needed electoral reforms. The network said that unless structural and systemic issues compromising the integrity and credibility of the election processes and its outcomes are not addressed, democracy will continue to gasp for breath.
Dear All, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) launched its second pre-election update on Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) elections. This update titled as Women in Elections: Analysis of voters registered for GB Elections. The update provides an in-depth gender analysis of voters registered for GB elections on November 15, 2020. This update offers a comparative review of the…Details
ISLAMABAD, November 05, 2020: The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) launched its Technology for Efficient and Effective Elections (T3E) initiative on Thursday, where the technological experts will deliberate technical solutions for improving elections in Pakistan. The forum reflects TDEA’s strategic initiative for engaging tech-industry leaders to optimize efficiency and transparency of electoral process—pre-requisites…Details
ISLAMABAD, February 10, 2020 – The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) launched the Women’s Enjoyment of Rights, Empowerment and Leadership (WE’RE Leaders) project in a ceremony here on Monday. Funded by the Canadian government, the four-year project is designed to strengthen women’s democratic rights by enhancing their civic and political participation, with a…Details
ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2018: Free and Fair Election Network (ECP) has identified varying degree of discrepancies in the population size of electoral constituencies in fresh delimitation proposals laid out by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). While ECP has upheld the legal delimitation principles of geographical compactness and respect for the existing boundaries of administrative units, the principle of equality of vote is compromised in as many as 81 National Assembly constituencies where the variation in population size exceeds the ordinarily permissible legal limit of 10%.
Election Rules, 2017 drafted and approved by ECP appeared to have been strictly adhered to but in that process legal principle of equality of vote is compromised. Rules pertaining to delimitation could not sufficiently operationalize the legal principle of equality of vote among constituencies. Law provides for equality among constituencies but Rules have attempted to follow this principle among provinces and districts. In a detailed analysis of the Preliminary Report and List of Constituencies released by ECP, FAFEN examined the variations found in the population and voter size of the National Assembly (NA) constituencies with regards to the national, provincial and district averages of population and voters per constituency.Details
Election records of more than 62,506 candidates is now only a few clicks away ISLAMABAD, March 14, 2018: The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability– Free and Fair Election Network (TDEA-FAFEN) launched the Pakistan’s most comprehensive election information portal “Election Pakistan” in a ceremony here on Wednesday. The purpose for developing such a unique and…Details
Warns low-voter-to-population proportions may be indicative of high voter under-registration; demands age-wise population data be made public immediately ISLAMABAD, February 5, 2018: Identifying serious disparities in the distribution of voter-to-population proportions across the provinces and districts, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called upon the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) to immediately publicly disclose…Details
LAHORE, January 25, 2018: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) needs to start taking measures now for sensitisation and training of polling staff so that transgender, disabled and women could take part in the electoral process in the upcoming general elections and exercise their right to vote independently, in secret and with dignity. These views…Details
ISLAMABAD, January 19, 2018: All democratic forces must initiate a grand national dialogue to reverse the dangerous trends of negativism, polarization and obscurantism. These trends are hindering the democratic developments and allowing rigid forces to reign social and political discourse and spheres in the country, says a declaration issued by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), here on Friday.Details