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FAFEN Urges ECP To Address Issues of Political Parties

Islamabad (July 27, 2018): Free and Fair Election Network has released its report on the general elections 2018 expressing satisfaction over the overall election process, but demanded from Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to address the issues of political parties.

According to the report, more than half of the registered voters cast their vote in the elections. According to the review of form number forty seven, the voter turnout remained fifty three point three percent.

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The highest voter turnout of fifty nine percent was recorded in Punjab. The turnout in Sindh remained forty seven point seven percent while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA; forty three point six percent voters exercise their right to vote.

According to the FAFEN report, the voter turnout in the federal capital Islamabad remained fifty eight point two percent and in Balochistan thirty nine point six percent.The report noted that despite some technical issues in the result transmission system of election commission of Pakistan, General Elections 2018 of Pakistan better than elections of 2013.

FAFEN said “concerns emerged over the transparency of the counting process, and the subsequent slow process of announcement of provisional results prompted some political parties to reject the election results.”

Free and Fair Election Network demanded Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to address the issues and insecurities of political parties otherwise political instability may arise in the country. FAFEN report, despite complaints about vote counting process the elections were free, fair, transparent and accountable, in accordance with the requirements laid out in the Elections Act, 2017.

The report added that some terrorist attacks took place at election rallies resulting several deaths however; citizens came out of their houses to use voting right.

The violation of election laws was observed at one-third polling stations however, these breaches were negligible, FAFEN report added.

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