NA Session Marked by Low Attendance, Multiple Walkouts

ISLAMABAD, April 30, 2015: The 21st session of the National Assembly was marked by thin attendance of lawmakers as the House witnessed multiple protests/walkouts and the introduction of four private bills, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session, comprising seven sittings, started on April 20 and concluded on April 29, 2015. On average, each sitting started 26 minutes behind the schedule and lasted two hours and 37 minutes.

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FAFEN Forms Caucus on Parliamentary Reforms

ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2015: With the aim to strengthen democracy in the country, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has formed a caucus on parliamentary reforms which will work towards bringing necessary improvements in the parliamentary procedures. In this regard, the first meeting of the caucus – comprising various parliamentarians, journalists, civil society members and…

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POs Consume Half of National Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2015: The last sitting of National Assembly’s 21st session was marked by thin attendance and nearly half of the proceedings’ time being consumed by points of order (POs), says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 45 minutes behind the schedule with 81 lawmakers (24%) present at the start and…

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NA Sitting Marked by Opposition, Women MPs’ Walkouts

ISLAMABAD, April 28, 2015: The sixth sitting of the National Assembly’s ongoing session was marked by low attendance and walkouts staged by opposition and women lawmakers against obstruction in release of development funds, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 24 minutes behind the schedule with 52 (15%) members present at the…

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NA Condoles Tragedies in Nepal, Peshawar

ISLAMABAD, April 27, 2015: Starting 40 minutes behind the schedule, the fifth sitting of the National Assembly’s ongoing session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Thirty-four members (10%) were present at the start of the sitting and 31 (9%) at the time of adjournment. The Prime Minister,…

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National Assembly Sitting Marked by Opposition’s Walkout

ISLAMABAD, April 24, 2015: The 4th sitting of the ongoing National Assembly’s session witnessed a walkout by opposition lawmakers against the unsatisfactory response by the relevant minister during the Question Hour, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting was also marked by low attendance of members as 48 (14%) were present at the…

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NA: Sitting Adjourned due to Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, April 23, 2015: The third sitting of the National Assembly’s 21st session was adjourned due to lack of quorum, says Free and Fair Election Network in its Daily Factsheet. Two bills- the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill 2015 and the Gas (Theft Control and Recovery) Bill 2014- were introduced in the House and…

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National Assembly Leaves 58 % Agenda Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, April 22, 2015: The Lower House of the Parliament left over 58 per cent of the agenda unaddressed during the second sitting of its 21st session on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Twenty-one lawmakers (6%) were present at the start of the sitting and 41 (12%) at the time of adjournment.…

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Chinese President Addresses Parliament’s Joint Session

ISLAMABAD, April 21, 2015: In a historic event to improve Pak-China relations, the President of People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping addressed the joint session of the Parliament on Tuesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session started with the national anthems of both countries. The Chinese President addressed the House for…

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Six Ordinances Laid, Three Bills Introduced in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, April 20, 2015: The first sitting of 21th session of National Assembly witnessed introduction of three bills and presentation of six ordinances on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs presented the Safeguard Measures (Amendment) Ordinance 2015, the Countervailing Duties Ordinance 2015, the Anti-dumping…

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