ISLAMABAD, July 18, 2019: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) released its third update on the observation of election campaign environment in the Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Thursday. The purpose of observation is to contribute to the evolution of an election process that is free, fair, transparent and accountable, in accordance with the requirements laid out in the Elections Act, 2017.
FAFEN’s Election Update-III is based on information gathered systematically by 16 Long-Term Observers (LTOs) through 3,132 interviews of citizens, 203 interviews of contesting candidates, and observation of 111 political gatherings and the overall election campaign environment. In order to gauge the election preparedness, the observers also conducted interviews of election officials, including District Returning Officers (DROs), Returning Officers (ROs) and District Election Commissioners (DECs).
For systematically observing the campaign environment, LTOs recorded violations of ECP’s Code of Conduct issued for political parties and contesting candidates in sampled electoral areas. This election update also incorporates observations and reports received from 663 electoral areas between May 8 and July 17, 2019.
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