FAFENFree and Fair Election Network
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The 293rd session of Senate was prorogued sine die on Tuesday after lack of quorum during the last sitting, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet.
According to FAFEN preliminary report on today's polls in tribal districts, the historical elections in areas remained peaceful and free from any major controversy over the quality of electoral process.
Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) did not receive any report on bar on women's voting, though there may be further elaborations on this matter in the detailed report based on the observation of more than 1,600 polling stations and their result forms.
FAFEN in its report said that nearly 27.6 percent of the registered voters in seven districts and Frontier Regions (FRs) of the formerly Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) went to the first-ever elections to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Provincial Assembly (PA) seats, marking the completion of their constitutional merger with the province a year after the passage of the 25th Constitutional Amendment.
Fafen said that returning officers (ROs) did not ask any undue or irrelevant or subjective questions for ascertaining the candidates' eligibility.
According to Fafen, the proportion of un-signed Forms-45 was as high as 98pc in Balochistan where only 49 of the 2,437 such forms had been signed by the polling agents.
Fafen in their most professionally prepared audit methodology had provided these checks on both the Forms.
He said that the omission was all the more shocking since in the audit and analysis methodology designed by FAFEN check No.
"Till date, we have issued three assessment reports about the General Elections and this will be our final finding," a FAFEN spokesperson told Thursday.
He said that as per Code of Condcut of ECP, FAFEN observer will be allowed to visit the polling stations three to four time and 'We hope all will be good and observers will be allowed to monitor the process as per the agreement reached between ECP and us'.
The acknowledgement came at a meeting of the Legislative Support Group (LSG) which comprises 12 MPAs and whose work is facilitated by FAFEN in an effort to support the initiatives for parliamentary reforms.
In a press conference at the National Press Club, FAFEN representative Sarwar Bari said that merger of polling stations leads to errors like more than 100 percent votes were cast in some polling stations.