9 cases of postings, transfers observed: FAFEN

Islamabad: The District LongTerm Observers DLTOs of the Free and Fair Election Network FAFEN have observed nine cases of postings and transfers in district administration, police and revenue department in seven districts between February 22 and 28, says a press release of FAFEN issued on Saturday.

Four of these transfers and postings were recorded in four districts of KP Shangla, Kohat, Mardan and Swat. Three transfers and postings were made in two districts of Punjab – Bahawalnagar and Bahawalpur and two in one district of Balochistan Panjgur.

This report is based on data collected by District LongTerm Observers DLTOs in the last week of February. FAFEN DLTOs monitor postings and transfers of civil servants that could be relevant to the 2013 General Election. Election Commission of Pakistan ECP issued two Notifications on January 22 and February 6, 2013, on the theme of government recruitments.
According to the ECP, no recruitment of government personnel may take place before the election unless the position was advertised before August 31, 2012 or on a casebycase basis of necessity.

Two changes were observed in the police department in the Mardan district of KP where a District Police Officer DPO and a Station House Officer SHO were posted. Two other public servants were also changed in Shangla and Kohat.

In Punjab an Assistant Commissioner and a Tehsildar were changed in Panjgur district. Based on information gathered about continuing postings and transfers, FAFEN recommends that the ECP should rigorously enforce its notifications and other law barring the lastminute postings and transfers of state employees around the country before elections.

FAFEN also recommends that all public departments should vigilantly follow these notifications and laws to ensure transparency and fairness in the upcoming elections.

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