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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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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FAFEN Demands Parliamentary Oversight of COVID-19 Response

Transparency is critical to successful vaccination drive ISLAMABAD, February 3, 2021: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has demanded parliamentary oversight of COVID-19 response as it is critical for bringing transparency to a successful vaccination drive. In its third monthly COVID-19 response monitoring report, FAFEN observed decline in the total number of active cases by…

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Over 60% Turnout, Low Incidence of Electoral Irregularities Mark PS-52 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, January 19, 2021: Despite COVID-19 associated challenges, the PS-52 Umer Kot-II by-elections witnessed an encouraging male and female turnout with low incidence of procedural violations indicating improved election management by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). This was first by-election held after the ECP’s decision to postpone polls due to the outbreak of COVID-19…

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Parliamentary Oversight Critical to Public Trust in Vaccine Procurement

FAFEN Calls for Convening Special Session of the Parliament on COVID-19 Response ISLAMABAD, December 29, 2020: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called upon the legislators to convene a special session of the Parliament to assess the situation and institute a robust parliamentary oversight of all matters related to COVID-19 in general and deliberations…

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Second Wave of Coronavirus Needs Prudent Handling by Stakeholders

TDEA-FAFEN releases first monthly COVID-19 response monitoring report ISLAMABAD, December 4, 2020: With the emergence of the second wave of the novel Coronavirus, the country may face serious health-governance challenges at both policy and implementation level that, if not addressed, might jeopardise and reverse the gains made in the first phase of the fight against…

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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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