This report highlights preparations being made by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) across the country for administering the upcoming General Election 2013. It is based on information gathered from February 1 to February 20, 2013, by the District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) deployed by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). A total of 88 District Election Commissioners (DECs) were asked about the placement of pre-election complaint-handling mechanism and 51 DECs about voter registration process.
Fifty-two of the 88 DECS who were asked about election complaint-handling mechanisms said they had a mechanism in place. So far 1,760 election-related complaints were filed in these districts by citizens and political parties, of which 1,547 (87.9%) were reported in 14 districts of Sindh. A total of 648 complaints were related to voter registration and 63 about locations of polling station all over the country.
Thirty-eight of the 51 DECs who were asked about the voter registration process said they were receiving applications and 20 of them were maintaining statistics. A total of 13,573 applications were received in 10 districts of Punjab and 12,461 applications in six districts of Sindh. Two districts of Balochistan received 3,753 voter registration applications and two districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) entertained 801 applications.
Pre-Election Complaint-Handling Mechanism
|Province/ Region||Number of
|Punjab||31||Sheikhupura, Khushab, Kasur, Nankana Sahib, Sialkot, Bahawalpur, Chiniot, Mandi Bahauddin, Sargodha, Attock, Chakwal, Rawalpindi, Toba Tek Singh, Hafizabad, Narowal, Bahawalnagar, Khanewal, Dera Ghazi Khan,
Multan, Faisalabad, Pakpattan, Sahiwal, Rahimyar Khan, Lodhran, Okara,
Gujrat, Rajanpur, Vehari, Gujranwala, Jhelum and Jhang
|Sindh||24||Khairpur, Kashmore, Karachi East, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Matiari, Thatta, Kamber Shahdadkot, Karachi West, Naushero Feroz, Karachi Central, Karachi South, Malir, Mirpurkhas, Shikarpur, Tando Mohammad Khan, Ghotki, Larkana, Tharparkar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sanghar, Dadu, Umerkot and Hyderabad|
|KP||17||Tank, Hangu, Malakand, Mansehra, Charsadda, Swabi, Peshawar,
Mardan, Tor Ghar, Karak, Dera Ismail Khan, Kohistan, Nowshehra, Buner, Lower Dir, Abbottabad and Bannu
|Balochistan||9||Mastung, Awaran, Kharan, Kalat, Gwadar, Khuzdar, Lasbela, Kech and Washuk|
|FATA||6||Kurram Agency, South Wazirstan Agency, Bajaur Agency, Mohmand Agency, Khyber Agency and Orakzai Agency|
DECs responded to queries regarding pre-election complaint-handling mechanism in 88 districts – 31 in Punjab, 24 in Sindh, 17 in KP, nine in Balochistan, six in FATA and one in ICT.
Fifty-two (59.1%) out of 88 of the DECs said a pre-election complaint-handling mechanism was in place in their districts, 23 (26.1%) said no such system existed while 13 (14.8%) did not respond.
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