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

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

Pakistan: Female MPs Sponsor 35 Percent Parliamentary Business during 2021-22

Parliament Leaves Around One-fifth Agenda Initiated by Female MPs Unaddressed ISLAMABAD, March 8, 2022: Undeterred by under-representation and neglect, female parliamentarians upheld their tradition of proactively and assertively performing their legislative, representative and oversight functions in both Houses of the Parliament during 2021-22. This has been observed in Annual Women Parliamentarians Performance

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

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

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTE-ASIAN NETWORK FOR FREE ELECTIONS INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO PAKISTAN

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTE-ASIAN NETWORK FOR FREE ELECTIONS INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO PAKISTAN Islamabad, Pakistan May 13, 2013 OVERVIEW This preliminary statement is offered by the joint election observation mission of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL). The mission consists of

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

2002 Mission Report: Pakistan General Election

View Full Report (PDF) ANFREL sent a team of 42 long-term and short-term international observers from 11 Asian country to monitor the National Assembly and the Provincial Assembly: elections in Pakistan, Although the Election Day passed off peacefully, except report of isolated violence in, ANFREL was deeply concerned by reports about misconducts

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