ECP Code Violations Continued through End of Campaign Period

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2013: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observers recorded a total of 6,102 Code of Conduct violations between April 27 and May 3, 2013. Of these, 30 were speeches arousing controversy or making personal attacks on rival candidates, says Pre-Election Update 42 released on Friday. FAFEN’s Constituency Long-Term Observers (CLTOs) reported one…

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Only 11 percent of Election Officials’ Meetings held with Security Officials

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2013: Free and Fair Election Network’s (FAFEN) Long-Term Observers interviewed Returning Officers (ROs), District Returning Officers (DROs) and District Election Commissioners (DECs) in 48 constituencies and 35 districts, regarding their meetings with election stakeholders at district and constituency levels. These meetings, we believe, are essential for security and logistical planning and to…

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24% Rallies Break Speech Rules; 78% Violate Other Regulations

ISLAMABAD, May 8, 2013: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observers in 143 National Assembly (NA) constituencies reported 1,495 rallies of 23 political parties and independent candidates. FAFEN’s Constituency Long-Term Observers (CLTOs) saw an average of 9-14 rallies in each constituency of Punjab and Sindh, but only three rallies on average in constituencies of Balochistan,…

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40% of Pre-election Complaints Yet to be Resolved

ISLAMABAD, May 7, 2013: The number of pre-election complaints increased sharply in the last week of April 2013, with 1,476 complaints being registered with election officials between April 23 and 29, 2013, nearly twice the 747 complaints reportedly filed in the preceding week. Out of these complaints, nearly two-thirds (1,049 or 59.8%) were resolved, according…

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830 Code Violations, including Controversial Speeches

ISLAMABAD, May 6, 2013: FAFEN observers recorded a total of 830 Code of Conduct violations between April 20 and 26, 2013. Of these, 10 cases were of speeches arousing controversy or personal criticism of other candidates. FAFEN Pre-Election Update 35 (April 26, 2013) reported 11 similar observed cases.  A related FAFEN press release on April…

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70 Govt Officials Campaign for Candidates in 25 Constituencies

ISLAMABAD, May 5, 2013: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observers witnessed a total of 70 government officials participating in political activities in 25 constituencies across the country. Thirty-six officials were seen seeking votes for different candidates in 12 constituencies, while another 17 officials were observed participating in political rallies, in 12 different constituencies, says…

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300 election-related complaints pending with DECs, DROs and ROs

ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2013: About three-fifths (447, or 59.8%) of the 747 complaints received by 197 Returning Officers (ROs), 39 District Returning Officers (DROs) and as many District Election Commissioners (DECs) between April 16 and 22, 2013, have been resolved successfully, while around 300 complaints (40.2%) were yet to be addressed during the observed period,…

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Candidates continue to defy Code

ISLAMABAD, April 26, 2013: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN)’s Constituency Long-Term Observers have found out that the political parties’ candidates are continuing to defy the Code of Conduct notified by the Election Commission of Pakistan, as they gathered reports from 152 constituencies across the country between April 11 and 19, 2013, says a…

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86% of observed campaign rallies violate ECP Code

ISLAMABAD, April 23, 2013: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observers in 30 National Assembly constituencies observed a total of 49 rallies by candidates of 10 political parties and independent candidates from April 2 to 15, 2013, says FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update 34. Of the 49 rallies, 34 were held in 17 constituencies of Punjab,…

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512 Code of Conduct Violations in 10 Days

ISLAMABAD, April 20, 2013: As many as 16 political parties and independent candidates have committed violations of the Election Code of Conduct in 77 observed National Assembly constituencies across the country between April 1 and 10, 2013, says Pre-Election Update 33 released on Saturday. Violations committed by political parties and independent candidates include one-third by…

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