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Key Achievements

  1. FAFEN was the first domestic election observation effort in Pakistan to use a longterm, nationwide and statistically driven methodology, following international standards and best practices. The neutrality and quality of FAFEN's work was quickly recognized by all election stakeholders including media, political parties, Election Commission of Pakistan and international donor community.
  2. FAFEN was also the first civil society group to have raised the issue of incomplete voting lists and voters rolls reforms in 2007 Pakistan's first and only statistically valid audit of the draft voters list. FAFEN's work helped shaped the national debate on the voters list.
  3. FAFEN deployed almost 19,000 trained observers to monitor around 35,000 polling stations on the February 18, 2008 General Elections – the largest ever mobilization of citizens to guard elections. In addition, FAFEN deployed more than 250 trained long term observers in 264 National Assembly constituencies to report on various aspects of the election process. The effort generated credible findings to develop a set of recommendations for electoral reforms, some of which were completely or partially reflected in the recent constitutional amendments. The Election Commission of Pakistan in its electoral reforms proposal to the government has incorporated many others. FAFEN has been most effective in seeing through the process of facilitating citizens in raising demands for election reforms to their reflection in constitutional changes and upcoming legislative amendments.
  4. FAFEN has conducted the world's largest Parallel Vote Tabulation on February 18, 2008, in its effort to ensure electoral transparency and accountability. The unprecedented exercise enabled FAFEN to gather incisive quantitative data to substantiate its qualitative analysis of the election process. Serious issues, such as more than 100% percent turnout at polling stations were highlighted as a result.
  5. FAFEN has published more than 30 publications on the qualitative aspects of 2008 general elections including its landmark publications Flawed but Fixable, Election Day Process Analysis and Election Day Results Analysis – publications that have set new standards for domestic election observation.
  6. FAFEN continues to implement robust programming in between elections related to monitoring of parliamentary affairs, connecting constituents with their elected representatives and public institutions, monitoring the performance of elected and public officials and institutions at the district level, advocating for electoral and governance reforms and reporting on incidences of peace and violence across Pakistan.
  7. FAFEN has developed a unique methodology to measure the performance of legislatures and elected representatives in the National and Provincial Assemblies. FAFEN releases daily and session reports on the processes within the National Assembly on the basis of accurate information about the performance of the Parliament and its members. These reports are shared with constituents and other stakeholders including legislators, political parties, legislative secretariats and media to raise public scrutiny of MPs on their parliamentary performance.
  8. FAFEN has developed a reliable Governance Monitoring methodology to generate objective and verifiable information about functioning and performance of various public and elected institutions. FAFEN Governance Monitoring aims at enriching the public discourse and debate on governance issues and developing research-based recommendations for targeted interventions and reforms. The governance monitoring stems from FAFEN's advocacy position that transparency, accountability, responsiveness, representativeness and public participation are essential elements of democratic governance and prerequisites to enhance the output, efficiency and effectiveness of all elected and public institutions. FAFEN Governance Monitors visit schools and colleges, heath facilities, police stations and other public institutions to monitor and evaluate their efficiency and efficacy in 150 National Assembly constituencies of 108 districts in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Sindh, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). In addition, FAFEN is also monitoring complaints handling mechanisms of various public institutions to gauge their effectiveness and getting monthly information on crime, performance of lower courts and incidence of disease. The monitoring data is verified, entered, analyzed and compiled into monthly thematic monitors for informed public discourse on governance reforms.
  9. FAFEN has facilitated more than 200,000 citizens in the acquisition of Computerized National Identity Cards since February 2010 after the signing of its Memorandum of Understanding with National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).
  10. FAFEN has facilitated more than 30,000 citizens in the registration of their votes since February 2010 with the support of the Election Commission of Pakistan.