Pakistan’s new election law has caused political uproar since its passage in early October 2017. Major opposition parties have appealed against the Elections Act 2017, with petitions to nullify the law lodged in the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the religious party Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah staged protests against the new election legislation. Escalating in late November, the protests left several people dead and hundreds more injured and ended only with the resignation of Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid. As these events have unfolded, the Elections Act has unsurprisingly come in for criticism and attracted a raft of bad press. But […]
By Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections (PAIE) Only 27% of the Polling Stations in NA-154 Meet Essential Accessibility Criteria This report is issued by Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections (PAIE) to share findings of Accessibility Audit of polling stations in NA-154. The exercise is conducted before Election Day to gauge the opportunities available for PWDs to access polling stations on voting day. A trained team of observers visited polling stations that were selected by a scientifically drawn sample. Accessibility audit of NA-154 polling stations shows distressing statistics as it appears that 73% of the sampled polling stations do not meet the essential […]
Source: FAFEN ISLAMABAD, April 18, 2017: At least three polling stations in Dhurnal, Dhaular and Mogla villages in Chakwal reported zero turnout of women as the people went to polls in the by-election for a Punjab Assembly constituency (PP-23) on Tuesday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Copies of the Statements of the Count (Form-XVI) for polling stations nos. 182 (Dhaular), 159 (Dhurnal) and 190 (Mogla) confirm that no women had voted. As many as 1,164 women voters are registered at these polling stations. Media reports in the past also highlighted barriers to women voting particularly in Dhurnal. FAFEN […]
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) elected its new office-bearers for a three-year term (2017-2019) here on Sunday. Dr Mehdi Hasan was elected chairperson and Uzma Noorani co-chairperson. The provincial vice-chairpersons were: Habib Tahir (Balochistan), Kamran Arif (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Salima Hashmi (Punjab) and Asad Iqbal Butt (Sindh). Naazish Ata-ullah was elected as treasurer. The HRCP general body nominated Asma Jahangir as spokesperson for the commission. This was announced by Mr. Najam ud Din, Director, HRCP in Lahore on 2nd April 2017 through a press release.