Fraudulent Voting, Interfering Police Mark Gujrat By-Election

ISLAMABAD, March 25, 2010: Impediments to independent observation, fraudulent voting, extremely heavy presence of police interfering with the voting process and presence of unauthorized persons inside polling stations marked the by-election for the PP-111 constituency of the Provincial Assembly [Gujrat-IV], reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PP-111 By-Election…

Low female Turnout, Heavy Presence of Police mark NA-178 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2010: Low turnout, incidents of fraudulent voting and heavy presence of police and security officials inside polling stations marked the by-election for the NA-178 constituency of the National Assembly [Muzaffargarh-III], reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of NA-178 By-Election Observation. The by-election followed a heated election…

NA-123 By-Election Observation Low Turnout, Heavy Police and Fraudulent Voting Observed

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: Low turnout, extremely heavy presence of police and paramilitary forces, campaigning and canvassing by supporters of contesting candidates around polling stations, campaign materials inside and within 100 yards of most polling stations of particularly the PML-N candidate and significantly high incidences of observed fraudulent voting marked the by-election for the NA-123…

PB-25 By-Election Characterized by Violence, Intimidation

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: Amid heightened tension and multiple armed clashes, by-election for the 25th constituency of the Baluchistan Assembly [Jaffarabad-I] was characterized by restrictions on independent observation, widespread incidents of breach of women’s right to vote in secrecy and significant procedural irregularities, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report…

Fraudulent Voting, Interfering Police Mark PP-82 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: By-election for the eighty-second constituency of the Punjab Assembly [Jhang-X] was characterized by fraudulent voting at many polling stations, partisan election officials siding with one candidate or the other, police interfering with the electoral process and local influential and/or federal and provincial ministers campaigning and canvassing for certain candidates, reports the…

Fraudulent Voting, Heavy Police Presence Mark PP-284 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: By-election for the PP-284 constituency of the Punjab Assembly [Bahawalnagar-VIII] was characterized by heavy presence of police in and around polling stations, campaigning and canvassing at polling stations in violation of the electoral laws, instances of possible fraudulent voting and significant procedural irregularities, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN)…

Police Presence, Weak Election Day Administration Mark NA-55 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, February 24, 2010: By-election for the fifty-fifth constituency of the National Assembly [Rawalpindi-VI] was characterized by relatively low turnout, heavy presence of security forces, including intelligence officials, at times interfering with the electoral process, election officials failing to enforce electoral regulations and significant procedural irregularities, reports the Free and fair Election Network (FAFEN) in…

Priorities for Reform to Laws Governing the Conduct of Elections in Pakistan

Priorities for Reform to Laws Governing the Conduct of Elections in Pakistan

Under the chairmanship of Mr. S.A. Iqbal Qadri, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has requested public input on how Pakistan’s current election law might be reformed. While FAFEN and other election-related institutions argue that wholesale election law reform is required— change that would lead to a legal framework that reflects best practices in election…

Gilgit- Baltistan Elections Competitive, but Marked by Significant Procedural Flaws

ISLAMABAD, November 12, 2009: Voters of Gilgit-Baltistan went to the polls on November 12, 2009, in an election characterized by weak electoral administration, procedural irregularities, erroneous voter lists and heavy government interference, but following a competitive election campaign that offered fairly equal opportunities to all political and independent contestants. These preliminary findings are based on…