GBA-3 Election Records a Low Incidence of Irregularities, High Turnout

ISLAMABAD, November 23, 2020:  Around two-thirds of registered voters for GBA-3 Gilgit-III came out to vote in a peaceful election held a week after the region elected its representatives for Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly (GBA) elsewhere. Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observers reported a low incidence of irregularities in the constituency’s election compared to general elections,…

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FAFEN Observation and Assessment of Nominations and Candidates in GB Elections

Dear All, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has launched its third pre-election update on Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) elections on Monday. This update is based upon observation of the nomination and scrutiny process and the candidacy dynamics from a gender-specific lens. The update titled as “Women in Elections: Observation and Assessment of Nominations and Candidates” is…

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Women in Elections: Analysis of Registered Voters in Gilgit-Baltistan

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…

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FAFEN Urges ECGB to Ensure Access and Participation of Women, Seasonal Migrants in GB Polls

ISLAMABAD, October 29, 2020: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has urged the Election Commission of Gilgit-Baltistan (ECGB) to take appropriate measures to further improve voters’ access to polling stations, particularly of women and seasonal migrants, for the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly election scheduled for November 15, 2020. A FAFEN statement Thursday said that such measures…

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Traders Make Hay as Monitoring Remains Lax

ISLAMABAD, October 07, 2020: Traders paid no heed to the officially notified prices of essential commodities including vegetables, eggs, meat, and pulses as the monitoring at the district level remained weak, says the Weekly Price Monitor of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Merchants sold routine vegetables including onions, potatoes, and tomatoes at higher than…

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Weak Enforcement Leads to Overpricing of Essential Items

ISLAMABAD, October 01, 2020: More than half of the markets throughout the country sold essential items including pulses, vegetables, meat, and wheat flour at inflated prices, neglecting the officially notified rates, says the Weekly Price Monitor of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The observers reported stability in official prices of most essential commodities…

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Prices of Essential Commodities Soar as Enforcement Remains Lax

ISLAMABAD, September 23, 2020: The prices of vegetables, meat, pulses, and wheat remained higher than the officially notified prices in most parts of the country due to weak monitoring, says the Weekly Price Monitor of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The traders sold routine vegetables—onions, potatoes, and tomatoes—higher than official rates in nearly two-third…

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Traders Ignore Official Prices as Enforcement Remains Weak

ISLAMABAD, September 16, 2020: Sugar, rice, and wheat remained the most unregulated commodities in most parts of the country as markets in more than half of the districts disregarded these items’ officially notified prices. These observations form part of the 20th Weekly Price Monitor issued by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). This monitor comprises…

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Weak Enforcement of Official Prices Sees Increase in Rates of Essential Commodities

ISLAMABAD, September 9, 2020: Wheat, rice, pulses, and sugar remained the most unregulated commodities in several parts of the country as markets in over half of the districts disregarded the officially notified prices of these items. These observations form part of the 19th Weekly Price Monitor issued by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).…

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