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Free and Fair Election Network has declared GB elections suspicious.

26 June 2015

Wahdat News (Monitoring Desk) For observing elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly, FAFEN appointed 183 trained observer on 700 out of 1151 polling stations, they were given training on technical aspects of voting and counting. One observer was given a task to monitor four polling stations. However they were barred from entering polling booths at this important and critical phase of election and they were not given access to real situations.

On 8th June 2015, a large number of voters casted their votes in an organized and peaceful manner in Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly election. However, journalists and observers were kept away in the process of counting votes and tabulating results. In various parts of Gilgit-Baltistan especially in Diamir, women were not allowed to cast their votes. There was no presence of International and Foreign observers. These points were not raised by anti-N-League leader rather raised in a report prepared by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). As of now, Complete report of FAFEN has been blocked to publish in media. Despite this, parts of that report which were released in media is sufficient to cast doubts on GB-elections and it is evident that these elections cannot be called completely transparent, otherwise what is the problem in allowing observers to observe the process of counting votes and tabulating results.

According to FAFEN report, Election commission issued cards to hundreds of local and foreign observers and journalists to observe election process in Gilgit-Baltistan. But observers and journalists were kept away in the process of vote counting and tabulating results. At least 30 observers of FAFEN were stopped by polling staff and security forces. Also, administration maltreated these observers. According to this report, FAFEN observers faced major problems in the process of vote counting. In this report, it is also said that women were barred from election process in few places and they were deprived to exercise their right to cast votes. Despite all government steps and claims, women in District Diamir especially in an area of Darial were not allowed to cast their votes.

For observing elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly, FAFEN appointed 183 trained observer on 700 out of 1151 polling stations, they were given training on technical aspects of voting and counting. One observer was given a task to monitor four polling stations. However they were barred from entering polling booths at this important and critical phase of election and they were not given access to real situations. Till now, parts of report that are released in media and obtained through other means have created question mark on the overall transparency of elections. However more facts will be known after the release of complete report. In this regard, sources claim that report prepared on the transparency of Gilgit-Baltistan election has not been allowed to be completely disclosed.

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