Islamabad: Transparency is a hallmark of free and fair elections. Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) encourages the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to send instructions to all District Election Commissioners (DECs) to ensure maximum transparency and cooperation with observers and other stakeholders throughout the election process.
This report aims to highlight the issues about election administration transparency as observed in 15 districts across Pakistan where FAFEN’s District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) conducted interviews with the DECs. The data has been compiled from five districts in Punjab, four in Balochistan and four in Sindh, three in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and one in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The interviews were conducted in the first week of February 2013.
The report also highlights public accessibility issues that FAFEN’s DLTOs observed in 84 districts across the country. The report identifies potential issues related to public access to 41 out of 84 observed DEC offices in terms of security barricades and other factors. FAFEN is deploying 130 DLTOs across the country as part of its comprehensive election observation strategy. DLTOs are monitoring both the pre-election and post-election environment in every district of Pakistan.
As requested in previous correspondence, FAFEN urges the ECP to send official instructions to all DECs and other election administration officials indicating the importance of full transparency and cooperation with FAFEN election observers and other stakeholders throughout the election process, beginning immediately.
DECs should be instructed, in particular, to share as much information as possible with observers and other stakeholders about all aspects of preparations for administration of elections in their districts. ECP should take all possible measures to make DEC offices as accessible as possible to election stakeholders and members of the public.
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