FAFEN Urges ECP to Take Notice of Non-Adherence to Legal Requirements by ROs in Results Tabulation

ISLAMABAD, February 12, 2024: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) urges the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of non-compliance by the Returning Officers with its instructions that reinforced categoric legal provisions requiring complete transparency at all stages of the election results process including the preparation of provisional and consolidated

FAFEN preliminary election observation report of general election 2024

ISLAMABAD, February 10, 2024: Approximately 60 million voters went to the polls in Pakistan on February 8, 2024, to elect their representatives in 265 National Assembly and 590 Provincial Assembly constituencies in one of the country’s most competitive political contests. The elections followed two tumultuous years of political upheaval, discord and polarization,

FAFEN Emphasizes Legal Prerequisites for Credible Elections

ISLAMABAD, February 6, 2024: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) calls upon all election stakeholders to make collective efforts to ensure that the voters are able to freely cast their ballots on February 8, 2024 and subsequent processes of counting, tabulation and consolidation are conducted in an entirely transparent manner in

FAFEN Urges Publication of ROs’ Scrutiny Decisions to Strengthen Transparency

ISLAMABAD, January 1, 2024: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) urges the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to publish the decisions of the Returning Officers (ROs) regarding objections to nomination of candidates and rejections of nomination papers on its website, which will contribute towards a more informed discourse and strengthen electoral

FAFEN Urges Reforms for Fair Geographical Representation on Seats Reserved for Women

ISLAMABAD, February 2, 2023: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has called for introducing divisional quotas for seats reserved for women in the National and Provincial Assemblies to ensure the geographical representativeness of women as well as to incentivize their greater political role in the areas where women’s participation is marginal. In

FAFEN Urges Political Consensus on Critical Electoral Reforms Ahead of General Elections

Parties Need to Agree on Regulating Political Finance, Refining Results Management, Devising Mechanisms for Overseas Voting, and Catering to Representativeness Issues In Elections ISLAMABAD, January 27, 2023: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) calls upon the political parties to immediately initiate a comprehensive dialogue on addressing the weaknesses in the existing legal

Results Management Issues Overshadow Peaceful and Well-managed Polling Day — FAFEN

Violations of Campaigning Restrictions and Lax Compliance with Ballot Issuance Persist ISLAMABAD, January 19, 2023: Voters in Karachi and Hyderabad Divisions turned out variedly to elect more than 3,508 councilors in long-delayed local government elections on January 15, 2023, that remained peaceful and relatively orderly, but were tainted by allegations of rigging

Campaign Violations Persist in Low Turnout, Largely Peaceful By-Elections — FAFEN

First published on FAFEN's website. ISLAMABAD, October 17, 2022: With only 35 percent of the registered voters turning out on Election Day, the by-elections (BE-2022) in eight National Assembly and three Punjab Assembly constituencies remained peaceful with scattered instances of irregularities primarily concerning unchecked campaigning inside and around polling stations, observes Free

FAFEN Calls for Stringent Regulations on Political Finance

ISLAMABAD, August 7, 2022: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) calls upon the Parliament and political parties to strengthen the regulations on political finance to curtail the role of money in elections that has practically deprived the majority of the population of exercising their right to contest elections. FAFEN urges the political

By-Elections in Punjab: Improvements in Polling and Result Management Processes but Lax Controls Over Election Day Canvassing — FAFEN

Conclusive probe into claims of alleged rigging and bias must for integrity of elections ISLAMABAD, July 19, 2022: An impressive 49.7 percent turnout in the by-elections for 20 Punjab Assembly constituencies on July 17, 2022 augurs well for an otherwise struggling democracy in Pakistan. The election day remained largely orderly and well-managed,

Sindh LG Election 1st Phase: Lapses in Result Management Process Undermine Improvements in Polling Day Management — FAFEN

Persisting Irregularities and Overcrowding Need to be Checked during Second Phase of LG Elections ISLAMABAD, July 8, 2022: Around 40 percent of the registered voters turned out to vote in the first phase of the local government (LG) elections to elect 5,331 general members of Union Councils, Union Committees, Municipal Committees, Town

PK-7 Swat-VI By-Election: Low Female Turnout, Vote Secrecy Issues Persist — FAFEN

Islamabad, June 29, 2022: Abysmally low female turnout and inadequate arrangements to protect secrecy of vote coupled with widespread instances of campaigning and canvassing on Election Day remain major issues clouding the by-election in PK-7 Swat-VI that was otherwise peaceful with generally compliant voting and counting processes, observes Free and Fair Election

NA-240 Karachi By-Election: Violence, Abysmal Turnout Overshadow Generally-Compliant Voting, Counting Processes — FAFEN

ISLAMABAD, June 20, 2022: Election on a working day deterred a majority of voters from casting their ballots in NA-240 (Korangi Karachi-II) by-polls that largely remained orderly, but was overshadowed by two high-profile incidents of violence widely covered on national media, reports Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). According to FAFEN observers,

FAFEN’s Review of Preliminary Report of the Delimitation and List of Constituencies for National and Provincial Assemblies

ISLAMABAD, June 17, 2022: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is delimiting the constituencies for elections to the National and Provincial Assemblies after the official publication of the results of 6th Population and Housing Census 2017. The latest exercise was compelled by the effect of Section 17(2) of the Elections Act, which

Low Turnout By-Election Marked by Campaigning Violations, Inconsistent Procedural Compliance — FAFEN

ISLAMABAD, April 19, 2022: Abysmally low turnout, inconsistent procedural compliance, and widespread campaigning and canvassing on the polling day marked the NA-33 Hangu by-election, which remained peaceful and free of any controversy. With only 14 percent of the registered voters – 19 percent male voters and six percent female voters – exercising

FAFEN outlines critical challenges to early elections

ISLAMABAD, April 4, 2022: Expressing grave concerns at the recent political developments and ensuing constitutional crisis, the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has identified multiple constitutional, legal and operational challenges to the conduct of an early election. While the constitutionality of the measures leading to the dissolution of the National Assembly

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

First published on FAFEN's website on 11 April 2021. 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

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

First published on FAFEN's website on 19 January 2020. 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

FAFEN’s Key Findings, Analysis and Preliminary Reports for Pakistan’s 2018 Elections

Full Report: FAFEN Key Findings and Analysis for 2018 Pakistan Elections Preliminary Report: FAFEN-Preliminary-Report-General-Election-2018 Pakistan’s 10th General Election were held on July 25, 2018, marking the completion of a decade of continuous democratic rule under civilian governments. While successive elections and peaceful transfers of power suggest that a degree of democratic consolidation has occurred

FAFEN releases updates on the 2018 Pakistan Election

ANFREL member Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) released a series of updates on the 2018 Pakistan Elections since January 2018. The reports relay important information on the preparation for the elections, statistics on violence, updates from the Election Commission, civil society, and other party and campaign reports. "Free and Fair Election

ANFREL Calls on Election Commission of Pakistan for Greater Transparency on Pressing Electoral Matters

Download Full Statement as a PDF here For Immediate Release: ANFREL Calls on Election Commission of Pakistan for Greater Transparency on Pressing Electoral Matters BANGKOK, 03 June 2013  – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), a regional network based organization of 21 civil society groups from across Asia, views with great

Local Observers Note Irregularities in Pakistan Elections

National Observers Note Irregularities in Pakistan Elections     ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Election Commission on Sunday endorsed the country’s landmark elections that will see the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power via the ballot box in the country's history. It declared the country’s elections for a new national assembly and government leadership as “largely

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