This report highlights issues pertaining to public accessibility to District Election Commissioner (DEC) offices as observed by the District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs) of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The report identifies challenges related to security at DEC offices and public accessibility.
Eleven of the 62 DEC offices observed from February 18 to 26, 2013 had security barricades, which FAFEN recognizes could be important, but may also significantly hinder public access. On the other hand, official security guards are needed at 41 DEC offices to ensure security and access.
The data has been compiled from 26 districts in Punjab, 17 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), eight in Sindh, six in Balochistan and five in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The details of FAFEN’s observation of DEC offices are summarized in the table below:
|Districts of FAFEN Observation of DEC Offices|
|Punjab||26||Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Bhakkar, Chiniot, Gujranwala,
Gujrat, Hafizabad, Jhang, Jhelum, Kasur, Khanewal,
Khushab, Lahore, Layyah, Mandi Bahauddin, Mianwali,
Narowal, Okara, Pakpattan, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal, Sargodha,
Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Toba Tek Singh, Vehari
|KP||17||Bannu, Battagram, Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu, Haripur, Karak,
Kohat, Kohistan, Malakand, Mansehra, Mardan, Nowshera,
Shangla, Swabi, Swat, Tank, Tor Ghar
|Sindh||8||Kamber Shahdadkot, Karachi Central, Khairpur, Malir,
Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan
|Balochistan||6||Lasbela, Khuzdar, Panjgur, Mastung, Kharan, Gwadar|
|FATA||5||Khyber Agency, Kurram Agency, North Waziristan Agency, Orakzai Agency, South Waziristan Agency|
The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), established in 2006, is a coalition of 42 leading civil society organizations working to strengthen all forms of democratic accountabilities in Pakistan. Governed by the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA), FAFEN also implements robust programs in-between elections related to monitoring parliamentary affairs, connecting constituents to their elected representatives, monitoring the performance of public and elected institutions and advocating electoral and democratic reforms.
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