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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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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