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Pakistan cricket star turned politician Imran Khan (C) addresses supporters as he stands on a vehicle during a rally in Mianwali. – AFP Photo/File
Pakistan cricket star turned politician Imran Khan (C) addresses supporters as he stands on a vehicle during a rally in Mianwali. – AFP Photo/File

According to a report compiled by the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen), its pre-election observers found a high number of violations of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s code of conduct in 30 constituencies of the National Assembly.

Fafen’s observers monitored 49 campaign rallies of 10 political party and independent candidates from April 2 to April 15.

Out of these, 34 were held in 17 constituencies in Punjab, six in five constituencies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), three in five constituencies of Sindh, two in five constituencies in Balochistan, three in two constituencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and one in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

Out of the 49 rallies observed, 45 violated one or more terms of the ECP’s code of conduct.

The code of conduct was designed to provide a level playing field to all political party and independent candidates, while maintaining public security and minimising any inconvenience to the people during the campaign period.

Four rallies which violated code of conduct were held outside the residences of opponents, candidates or political leaders. Moreover, 12 caused inconvenience to the public and traffic jams. Whereas, district administrations failed to inform the public on the locations of 33 rallies, Fafen said.

The report also stated that there were at least seven rallies that violated more than one terms of the ECP’s code of conduct. It added that most of the observed rallies (42) violated the code of conduct’s provisions in one or more ways. On the other hand, seven rallies did not violate the code.

The biggest number of code violations was recorded at the rallies of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) with 11 breaches during nine rallies, followed by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), with 11 and 10 violations respectively. Moreover, eight violations were observed in 11 rallies held by independent candidates.

Furthermore, four violations were observed at the two rallies of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) that were organised in NA-104. Both rallies were held at places unknown to the public as well as outside the residence(s) of opponents/candidates/political leaders.

Fafen observers also noted violations in rallies held by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam – Fazlur Rahman (JUI-F), as well as in one rally held by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Samiul Haq (JUI-S) and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) each.

The observers did not witness any violation in two rallies of Awami National Party (ANP) held in NA-28 and NA-37, in one rally of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) in NA-259 and in one rally of Awami Workers Party (AWP) held in NA-28.

Comments (11) Closed

AI Apr 25, 2013 04:39am
Dear Mr. RK, FAFEN is an NGO that was very much there and observed the 2008 elections and conducted the world's largest Parallel Vote Tabulation on February 18, 2008. FAFEN is committed to developing systems and programs to enhance citizens
haris Apr 24, 2013 03:57pm
ECP itself has violated many of its code of conduct. If they don't bother then how could they expect from others?
debater Apr 24, 2013 01:37pm
ECP is a joke, just as every other governement of Pakistan department.
Mira Apr 25, 2013 09:38am
Most probably AIPAC controlled USA, Pakistan's most dangerous ENEMY.
ali ahmed Apr 25, 2013 09:39am
election 2013 is total fraud..result is fixed by judiciary
Mustafa Razavi Apr 24, 2013 02:39pm
What is FAFEN and what is the source of their funding?
fraz Apr 25, 2013 05:34am
11 is bigger than 11 which is bigger than 10 good math, i wonder what are their remaining stats???
Talha Khalil Apr 25, 2013 05:17am
PTI having no respect for FAFEN, then what about after coming in power?
mehmood h. bhanji Apr 24, 2013 04:09pm
We should demand that for each violation there will be a fine of Rs. i million to be paid by certified check.
RK Apr 24, 2013 05:18pm
Who is this FAFEN? why didn't these statistics was out at previous elections ?...the whole country is on the verge of disarray and you are looking at rallies violation?...what about politicians motorcades blocking main routes for hours and hours ..causing severe inconveniences..let the of deserving candidates shouts heard by people...this is our last chance to revive..
Syed Apr 24, 2013 10:42pm
Hi RK It is not important who is FAFEN or if they report these statistics in past or not. The sad part is these violation is simply reflecting the mind set of our old and new politician and parties to "show no respect to any law or any code of conduct".