President Addresses Joint Session of Parliament

ISLAMABAD, September 17, 2018: The newly elected President of Pakistan Dr. Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi on Monday addressed both Houses of the Parliament assembled together on the beginning of the first parliamentary year of the National Assembly, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

The sitting started 15 minutes behind the schedule, lasting 40 minutes during which the President spoke on national issues for 24 minutes. The Presidential Address is mandatory under the Constitution at the start of each parliamentary year. Read More >>

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Parliament, Provincial Assemblies Elect 13th President

ISLAMABAD, September 4, 2018: The federal and provincial lawmakers voted to elect the 13th President of Pakistan on Tuesday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Factsheet. The election took place at the meetings of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) and the four provincial assemblies under the Article 41 (4) and the procedure provided in the…

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National Assembly Elects Prime Minister amidst Protests

Session Prorogued ISLAMABAD, August 17, 2018: The National Assembly on Friday elected Imran Khan as the Leader of the House with 176 votes in his favor and 96 against him that went to PML-N Candidate Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the…

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15th National Assembly Profile

15th National Assembly Profile

ISLAMABAD, August 16, 2018: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has released the Profile of 15th National Assembly (NA), which was sworn in on August 13, 2018. Currently, there are 330 members in the House. As many as nine seats have been vacated by the legislators who had won more than one seat in GE-2018. Moreover, two general seats are vacant due to postponement of the election while a woman-reserved seat of KP is also vacant. The incumbent Assembly has a representation of 12 political parties as compared to 18 parties represented in the previous Assembly. Additionally, there are four independent legislators in the House.

This report is based on information contained in Form B and Affidavits as annexed to the Nomination Papers submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan by the candidates for General Election 2018. Read More >>

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National Assembly Elects Speaker, Deputy Speaker

ISLAMABAD, August 15, 2018: The 15th National Assembly elected its Speaker and Deputy Speaker on Wednesday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings of the second sitting of the 1st session of the National Assembly:  Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for eight hours and 57 minutes…

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Newly-elected Members of 15th National Assembly Take Oath

ISLAMABAD, August 13, 2018: The newly-elected Members of the 15th National Assembly took oath on Monday in a maiden session called after July 25 General Elections 2018, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. The Speaker of the outgoing Assembly presided over the proceedings that started 15 minutes behind the schedule. Taking oath as…

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FAFEN Releases Digitized Asset Details of Former Lawmakers

FAFEN Releases Digitized Asset Details of Former Lawmakers

ISLAMABAD, June 30, 2018: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), which is supported by the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA), released a report on the digitized details of the assets and liabilities of the former Members of the 14th National Assembly, on Saturday.

The declaration of the assets and liabilities was obligatory for all lawmakers at the time of nomination as well as annually after their election under Sections 12(2)(f) and 42-A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 (which has now been replaced with the Elections Act, 2017). The statements, submitted by the end of September each year, contained details of the assets owned by the lawmakers, their spouses and their dependents. The statements are then published in the official gazette for public information. Read More >>

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Foreign Affairs, Terrorism, CPEC Consume Eight Percent of 14th NA Agenda

Foreign Affairs, Terrorism, CPEC Consume Eight Percent of 14th NA Agenda

ISLAMABAD, Jun 27, 2018: The 14th National Assembly dedicated almost eight percent of its agenda to matters concerning foreign affairs, anti-terrorism and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during its five-year term that concluded on May 31, 2018. The House preferred the government-sponsored and supplementary business items over private lawmakers’ interventions over these issues, says a press release issued by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday.

Pakistan witnessed crucial foreign relation challenges during last five years, including increasing tensions with neighbouring India and Afghanistan, various conflicts in the Muslim world, and strained ties with the United States (US) amidst warming relationship with Russia and the development of CPEC. Despite the urgency warranted by many of these issues, the government avoided proactive deliberation on foreign affairs in the National Assembly. In fact, some efforts by private lawmakers, particularly by opposition members, to take up these issues in the House were stalled. Read More >>

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14th National Assembly Ends with Legislative Distinction

ISLAMABAD, June 01, 2018: Despite political controversies in the past five years, the 14th National Assembly took up an unprecedented legislative agenda by approving 205 bills as compared to 134 and 51 bills passed by 13th and 12th National Assemblies during their five-year terms, respectively.

The House approved several important pieces of legislation, including five constitutional amendments during 56 sessions comprising 495 sittings, that provided for setting up military courts for an initial period of two years and their subsequent extension for another two years, reallocation of National Assembly seats among federating units on the basis of fresh census results, electoral reforms and the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Elections Act, 2017, which reformed and consolidated the erstwhile eight separate election laws of the country, also saw light of the day during the term of the 14th Assembly. Read More >>

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Lawmakers Deliver Farewell Speeches in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, May 31, 2018: The National Assembly on Thursday witnessed farewell speeches by outgoing lawmakers during last sitting of its current term (2013-18), observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are the key observations of the House proceedings during 23rd (last) sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly…

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