FAFEN to monitor election process on 85pc polling stations


ISLAMABAD: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) will monitor the election process in 85 per cent of total polling stations to be set up by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for July 25 elections.

Media Manager and Advocacy Syed Abdul Ahad, while talking to APP, said, “We will deploy about 19,000 observers on 272 National Assembly (NA) constituencies for monitoring the election process and each member will visit four polling stations to on the polling day.”

“The observers will visit as many as 76,000 polling stations out of 85,000 polling stations, all the observer had been issued accreditation cards by the ECP and the preliminary report will be issued on July 27,” he added.

He said that as per Code of Conduct of ECP, FAFEN observers will be allowed to visit the polling stations three to four times. “We hope all will be good and observers will be allowed to monitor the process as per the agreement reached between ECP and us,” he added.

He also thanked ECP for extending help for the monitoring of the election process on Election Day and said, “We pleased that ECP is extending all kinds of help to us for the monitoring of election process.”

He said that 9,884 observers in Punjab, 4,225 in Sindh, 3,549 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 1,117 in Balochistan and 225 in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) will be given a task to monitor the process.

He said the accredited non-partisan and trained citizens will observe the Election Day environment including incidents of electoral and political violence and pre-balloting preparations at the polling stations.

Furthermore, he said that they will also look into the voting processes inside the polling booths and stations, ballot, vote -counting and ECP forms-filling processes at the polling stations and the barriers to women voting.

Fafen will also observe the vote consolidation process at the offices of Returning Officers (ROs), he added.  Responding to a question, he said the FEAFEE will issue monitoring report of election campaign within a few days.