2015 Local Government Election Observation Findings and Recommendations Report

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) established a total of 63,860 polling stations for the Local Government elections 2015 that were held in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Sindh. FAFEN was able to observe 14,050 (22 percent) of these polling stations – 8,318 in Punjab, 3,212 in Sindh, 2,334 in KP and 186 in ICT. The observers recorded 139,127 irregularities…

FAFEN Review and Recommendations Draft Elections Bill 2017

FAFEN Review and Recommendations Draft Elections Bill 2017

The Draft Elections Bill, 2017, represents a step forward, but still requires critical improvements to ensure the independence and authority of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over all aspects of an election as a prerequisite for free, fair and transparent General Election due in 2018. Appreciating the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms for circulating…

2013 General Elections in Pakistan Joint International Election Observation Mission Report

This report is offered by the joint international election observation mission of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL). The mission consisted of 48 observers from 18 countries. NDI-ANFREL observers arrived in Pakistan on April 26 and stayed in country through May 22. On election day, observers were deployed…

European Union Election Observation Mission 2013 General Elections Report

European Union Election Observation Mission 2013 General Elections Report

A strong democratic commitment was demonstrated in the 2013 elections, by the state authorities of Pakistan, civil society, political parties and voters. Despite escalating militant attacks, and procedural shortcomings, the electoral process progressed with high levels of competition, a marked increase in voter participation, and overall acceptance of the outcome. The electoral reform undertaken in…

FAFEN’s Recommendations for Constitutional and Legal Reforms 2014

FAFEN’s Recommendations for Constitutional and Legal Reforms 2014

Based on its comprehensive observation and process of refinement involving input from political parties and workers, civil society organizations and student/youth groups. FAFEN’s recommendations for reforms cover critical aspects of elections relating to pre-election, election-day and post-election processes in order to ensure free, fair and transparent elections. The recommendations seek to maximise autonomy, transparency, accountability and efficiency of electoral…

Incidence of Violations Go Up in Sindh By-elections

ISLAMABAD, June 2, 2016: By-elections in three Sindh Assembly constituencies held on Thursday witnessed a relatively higher incidence of violations, instances of deviations from polling schemes and suspicious voting patterns. The three by-elections held for PS-22 in Nausheroferoz district and PS-106 and PS-117 in Karachi cumulatively recorded six violations of laws, rules and codes of…

High incidence of violations observed in PK-08 Peshawar by-poll

ISLAMABAD, May 12, 2016: Impressive number of people turned out to vote in PK-08 Peshawar-VIII by-election on Thursday held amid stringent security arrangements. Deviation from polling schemes, suspicious voting patterns at some polling stations and illegal canvassing around polling stations were some key highlights of election that followed an active campaigning period. Although heavy security…

Tight Security, Enforcement of Rules Mark Low Turnout Jhal Magsi By-election

ISLAMABAD, April 28, 2016: A low turnout of voters was witnessed in NA-267 Jhal Magsi-cum-Kachhi by-election on Thursday held amid tightened security and relatively better control of election administration over Election Day campaigning and canvassing in and around polling stations. Although election administration was improved on many counts, the presiding officers’ control over security officials…