Sindh Local Government Elections 2023 Phase II: Results Management Issues Overshadow Peaceful and Well-Managed Polling Day

Violations of Campaigning Restrictions and Lax Compliance with Ballot Issuance Persist ISLAMABAD, January 19, 2023: Voters in Karachi and Hyderabad Divisions turned out variedly to elect more than 3,508 councilors in long-delayed local government elections on January 15, 2023, that remained peaceful and relatively orderly, but were tainted by allegations of rigging by major political…

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Sindh LG Election 1st Phase: Lapses in Result Management Process Undermine Improvements in Polling Day Management

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 Committees and District Councils,…

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PK-7 Swat-VI By-Election: Low Female Turnout, Vote Secrecy Issues Persist

Islamabad, June 29, 2022: Abysmally low female turnout and inadequate arrangements to protect secrecy of vote coupled with widespread instances of campaigning and canvassing on Election Day remain major issues clouding the by-election in PK-7 Swat-VI that was otherwise peaceful with generally compliant voting and counting processes, observes Free and Fair Election Network in its report.…

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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 stipulates that the…

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LG Polls in Balochistan Remain Controversy-Free, Orderly

Sporadic illegalities, irregularities persist Low women contestation warrants urgent attention by political parties QUETTA, June 03, 2022: Balochistan completed the first phase of the local government (LG) polls to elect over 6,000 general councilors in an election that remained controversy-free followed by prompt acceptance of the results by all major political parties. Such an acceptance augurs…

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KPLG Elections: Peaceful, Well-Managed Polling Day Marks Completion of LG Elections

Seven percent ballots excluded from count Margin of victory for chairmen of 28 tehsil councils less than ballots excluded from count ISLAMABAD, April 5, 2022: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) successfully completed the second phase of the local government (LG) elections with around 41 percent of the 8.5 million registered voters in 18 districts turning out to…

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KPLG Election 2021: Largely Orderly but Procedural Compliance Needs Reinforcement

Acceptance of results by contesting parties to augur well for democracy Direct election to all LG tiers sets example for other provinces ISLAMABAD, December 21, 2021: Pakistan inched towards the installation of the constitutionally-promised local governments (LGs) when around 40 percent of registered voters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) turned out to vote on December 19,…

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Minor Procedural Irregularities in Low Turnout NA-133 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, December 5, 2021: Clouded by the vote-buying controversy, and overshadowed by the disqualification of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) candidate on technical grounds, the NA-133 (Lahore XI) by-election remained a lackluster duel majorly between the candidates of two opposition parties, registering a turnout of less than 20 percent amid an orderly voting and counting…

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PP-38 Sialkot By-Election: FAFEN Observers Record Relatively Higher Incidence of Violations

ISLAMABAD, July 30, 2021: By-election on Punjab Assembly seat in Sialkot (PP-38 Sialkot-IV) on Wednesday registered a relatively higher incidence of violations of electoral laws, rules and codes of conduct with FAFEN observers reporting an average of two violations per observed polling station, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its report on Thursday. FAFEN…

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By-Election in PS-70 Badin-I Peaceful and Generally Well-Managed

ISLAMABAD, May 21, 2021: PS-70 Badin-I by-election held on May 20, 2021 witnessed significant decline (18.57 percent) in voter turnout since 2018 general elections (GE) and low incidence of electoral violations, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its report on Friday. As many as 58,545 registered voters – 33,751 (36.8 percent) men and…

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