General Election 2013 Findings and Recommendations

General Election 2013 key findings and recommendations are based on country-wide election observation in Pakistan.


Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) issued three short statements on Election Day, May 11, 2013, and a preliminary statement and report the day after the elections. The following report includes additional analysis of summary data received from more than 40,000 observers across the country.

The ten themes in this report include voter turnout, barriers to women’s voting, irregularities in polling stations during voting and counting procedures, and weak election results management. The report also includes sections on last-minute changes in polling schemes; pre-election violence, government interference and Code of Conduct violations; and constituency delimitations.

General Election 2013 Findings are Preliminary not Final in Nature

The following analysis is still preliminary and does not represent FAFEN’s final analysis, which will be based on aggregation of comprehensive checklists filled by hand on Election Day in a statisticallyvalid random sample of 9,160 polling stations by more than 25,000 static observers and about 15,000 additional mobile observers each visiting 2-4 polling stations.

FAFEN’s final analysis will also depend on the extent to which the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) transparently releases official forms from all 69,801 polling stations and all 272 National Assembly (NA) constituencies around the country, as urged by both FAFEN and the European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) in public statements.

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