On Election Day, February 18, 2008, FAFEN conducted the world’s largest Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) along with a robust, nationwide election observation methodology, following international principles and best practices.
Almost 16,000 FAFEN Polling Station Observers (PSOs) witnessed and recorded the counting of ballots in a statistically-valid sample of 7,778 randomly-selected polling stations in 260 National Assembly constituencies. An additional 3,000 Mobile Observers (MOs) helped transport the “Statement of the Count” and PSO checklists from polling stations to CCs. Each CC compiled the polling station data on standardized forms and faxed these PVT election results to the FAFEN Secretariat in Islamabad.
The purpose of a PVT is to compare the observed vote count in a sample of polling stations with the compiled election result for that constituency in order to provide evidence that confirms or disputes the official election result. A PVT does not take account of other aspects of the election process, such as pre-poll violations of the Code of Conduct.
However, FAFEN has combined its PVT data with evidence provided by polling station observers of problems they witnessed first-hand on Election Day, such as party agents or polling officials stamping ballots. These observations often substantiate the anomalies that FAFEN has found in the quantitative PVT election results data.
This combination of quantitative PVT data and qualitative Election Day observations has enabled FAFEN to produce three unique “Election Result Analysis” reports between March 9 and May 7, 2008. These reports are compiled in this publication, along with samples of FAFEN’s PVT data and graphs for several constituencies. All of the reports and graphs are posted at www.fafen.org.
FAFEN Election Result Analysis-I provides a detailed description of FAFEN’s PVT methodology and the challenges FAFEN faced, and includes data for 33 constituencies. FAFEN Election Result Analysis-II presents data for 174 constituencies along with detailed recommendations for electoral reform. FAFEN Election Result Analysis – III compiles data and observations from the 20 National Assembly constituencies in Karachi and offers additional recommendations.
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