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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By-Election in PS-70 Badin-I Peaceful and Generally Well-Managed

ISLAMABAD, May 21, 2021: PS-70 Badin-I by-election held on May 20, 2021 witnessed significant decline (18.57 percent) in voter turnout since 2018 general elections (GE) and low incidence of electoral violations, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its report on Friday. As many as 58,545 registered voters – 33,751 (36.8 percent) men and…

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Around 53% Turnout, Low Incidence of Electoral Irregularities Mark PP-84 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, May 7, 2021: Despite hot weather and COVID-19 associated challenges, the PP-84 Khushab-III by-election on Wednesday, May 5 witnessed improved election management and an encouraging turnout (52.99 percent) with low incidence of procedural violations. As many as 155,089 registered voters – 86,178 (55.56 percent) men and 68,911 (50.09 percent) women – exercised their right…

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FAFEN Emphasizes Short-Term Strategic Approach to Deal with Pandemic Governance

Releases Sixth Report on Monitoring and Assessment of the Government’s COVID-19 Response ISLAMABAD, May 2, 2021: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has stressed upon short-term strategic approach to cover the gaps, especially in setting up a structural platform that establishes close coordination at various tiers of government, a robust legislative engagement, and oversight that…

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Low Voter Turnout Marks NA-249 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, May 01, 2021: The NA-249 Karachi West-II by-election on April 29 saw a substantial decline in voter turnout, mainly due to the hot weather and Ramzan. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) ensured strict compliance to the COVID-19 standard operating procedures. Despite a competitive campaign, the poll recorded a turnout of 21.6 percent of…

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Re-Poll in Daska Orderly, Generally Peaceful and Well-Managed

ISLAMABAD, April 11, 2021: NA-75 Sialkot-IV (Daska) by-election held on April 10, 2021 witnessed low incidences of electoral violations as procedures were generally transparent and election staff conducted the process with care and mostly in accordance with prescribed regulations. Political competition was heightened following the decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which was…

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Parliamentary Oversight to Help Improve Fight against Covid-19

ISLAMABAD, April 1, 2021: With the increase in number of positive cases during third wave of coronavirus and lax attitude of the general public towards deadly disease, the parliamentary oversight of the government’s COVID-19 response showed signs of improvement but it remained inadequate.

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Women Parliamentarians Performance Report 2020-21

Female Lawmakers Sponsor 28 Percent Parliamentary Agenda during 2020-21 ISLAMABAD, March 7, 2021: Constituting only 20 percent of the Parliament, female lawmakers contributed 28 percent parliamentary agenda during 2020-2021. Their performance matched, or in some instances exceeded, the performance of their male colleagues in both agenda contribution and attendance. On average, each female MNA attended…

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Lack of Compliance with SOPs: FAFEN Warns of ‘Third Wave’ of COVID-19

FAFEN demands effective and robust legislative ownership of the national response to the pandemic ISLAMABAD, March 2, 2021: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called upon the Parliament to provide leadership and guidance in ensuring transparency and public trust in the national COVID-19 response. With a third wave of COVID-19 feared, the elected representatives…

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NA-75 Controversy Mars an Otherwise Improved Quality of Recent By-Elections

ISLAMABAD, February 23, 2021: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observed an improved quality of electoral processes during the by-elections held from February 16 to 21, 2021, on five provincial and three national assembly constituencies. However, the post-counting events in NA-75 Sialkot-IV, which prompted the Election Commission to withhold the constituency results, overshadowed the improvements.…

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