Gilgit- Baltistan Elections Competitive, but Marked by Significant Procedural Flaws

ISLAMABAD, November 12, 2009: Voters of Gilgit-Baltistan went to the polls on November 12, 2009, in an election characterized by weak electoral administration, procedural irregularities, erroneous voter lists and heavy government interference, but following a competitive election campaign that offered fairly equal opportunities to all political and independent contestants. These preliminary findings are based on…


ECP Decisive Actions Needed To Increase Voter Numbers

ISLAMABAD: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called upon Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Qazi Muhammad Farooq to take immediate measures to bridge the gap between the 18-year-old or above population and the number of voters registered on the draft electoral rolls currently on public display throughout the country.


FAFEN urged ECP to Display Voter’s List at Union Councils

ISLAMABAD:  The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) urges the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take immediate measures to ensure the maximum access of eligible voters to check that their names are included on the new Electoral Rolls, which include the 2007 voters’


Improvements in Display Period, But Problems Remain

ISLAMABAD: Procedural inadequacies, ineffective management and lackluster response of the eligible voters that may have serious implications on the final electoral rolls mar the ongoing display of Draft Electoral Rolls.

According to reports received from observers of the Free


Implementation of election law during by-elections urged

ISLAMABAD: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observed the by-election for NWFP Assembly seat PF-1 in Peshawar in 86% of polling stations on April 11, 2009 and reiterates its recommendations to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding the need for training of


Sitting passes two bills and a Resolution

  • MQM stages walkout over increase in prices of petroleum products

ISLAMABAD, April 5: Starting an hour and 14 minutes behind schedule, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament, which met for three hour and