Tips on local elecs monitoring
Elections are important to strengthening democratic
processes. This is an established fact but it is
important that elections are free and fair so that
,at the end of the day, it is government for the
people , from the people and by the people.
Monitoring of elections by independent observers is
very important. Election observation enhances the
transparency of the election process thereby
increasing the confidence of voters and their
willingness to participate in the electoral process.
A number of organizations in Pakistan are monitoring
elections and what is a very positive step is that
there is also some effort on their part to
coordinate their efforts. Individu-land in an
attempt to contribute to this effort has compiled a
list of districts all over Pakistan which should be
kept in mind as observer strategies are being
finalized . Individu-land has also developed a
checklist to facilitate observers.
The districts, that we think should be part of any
observer mission are:
Sindh: Karachi, Nawabshah,
Bugti, Killa Saifullah,Killa Abdullah.
NWFP: Swat, Dir,Malakand, Charsadda,Mardan.
Individu-land has also developed key points for
observers to take into consideration. Individu-land
would like to emphasize that pre poll rigging is
extremely important to consider. Our field contacts
emphasize this vehemently as they maintain that till
the polling day a lot of water would have flown
under the bridge. Keeping this in mind , perhaps it
should be useful to consider :
Pre Poll observation points.
1. Is the ECP imposed ban on district transfers
2. If there are complaints regarding the transfers,
is the ECP taking notice of them and investigating
3. Is the ban on developmental schemes being
4. If there are complaints regarding developmental
schemes, is the ECP taking notice of them and
investigating these complaints?
5 .Have the polling stations being notified ?
6. The location of the polling stations is very
important. Are the polling stations in the physical
space of a local influential etc?
7. Are the election symbols allocated fairly?
8. Is the code of conduct given by the ECP followed?
9. Are the expenditure limits imposed by the ECP
apparently followed by the candidates?
10. Are state resources e.g. official cars etc being
used by a candidate?
11. Have the voters list been compiled to the
satisfaction of all?
12. Has there been a public agreement against
allowing women to vote?
13. If so, then has this been brought to the
attention of the ECP?What steps ,if any ,have they
taken to address this concern?
On the election day itself, it might be useful to
bear in mind the following points : 1Were the
polling stations changed at the last minute? 2Are
the polling staff following the rules and
regulations? 3Are there any unauthorized i.e.
without passes people inside the polling booth?
4.Are women being allowed to cast their votes? These
are some of the points that we wanted to bring to
your attention. Individu-land would appreciate any
feedback that you may have. Please do not hesitate
to contact us if you have any questions or need more