Points of Order Consume 61% of Sitting Time

ISLAMABAD, February 3, 2012: Starting an hour and five minutes behind schedule, the third sitting of the National Assembly met for an hour and 55 minutes. Members raised a total of 18 Points of Order, which consumed 61% of the sitting time. However, none of the Points of Order attracted the Chair’s formal ruling.

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More than Half of NA Sitting Time Consumed by POs

ISLAMABAD, February 2, 2012: Starting an hour and five minutes behind schedule, the second sitting of the National Assembly met for an hour and 55 minutes. Though the House witnessed a relatively better attendance of Members – with a maximum of 212 present at one point – 52% of the sitting time was consumed by Points of Order (PO).

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Points of Order consume half of the Sitting Time

ISLAMABAD, February 1, 2012: The National Assembly deferred the Constitution (Twentieth Amendment) Bill, 2012 till tomorrow during its first sitting of the 39th session on Wednesday. The sitting spanning two hours and 15 minutes was marked by low attendance with 32 Legislators present at the start and 131 were there when the session adjourned.

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44% of agenda items left unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, January 24: Unfinished agenda and Points of Order interrupting regular proceedings marked the National Assembly’s 38th session as it adopted a Resolution supporting democracy and passed a bill to set up a commission for women rights, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) preliminary report on Tuesday.

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Last Sitting of 38th Session Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, January 19, 2012: The National Assembly unanimously passed the National Commission for Women Bill 2011 during its last sitting of the 38th session. Spread over two hours and 16 minutes, the sitting was marked by low attendance of Members with 78 Legislators present at the start and 85 there when the session prorogued.

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Points of Order Consume More than Half of Sitting Time

ISLAMABAD, January 18, 2012: The National Assembly during the fifth sitting of the ongoing session met for an hour and 56 minutes on Wednesday. A total of 92 Legislators were present at the start and 70 were present when the sitting was adjourned. Members raised a total of 21 Points of Order, which consumed 53% of the sitting time.

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House Leaves Most of Agenda Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, January 17, 2012: The National Assembly met for an hour and one minute during the fourth sitting on Tuesday. The sitting, which started 19 minutes late, witnessed low attendance of Members. Only 61 Legislators were present at the start and 97 when the sitting was adjourned. The Agenda for the sitting was set ambitiously, as the House left most of the 45 items on the Orders of the Day unaddressed.

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NA Adopts Pro-Democracy Resolution; PMLN/PPPS walkout

ISLAMABAD, January 16, 2012: The National Assembly during the third sitting adopted a Resolution regarding the supremacy of democracy. A total of six Members – including the PM, the Leader of the Opposition, the parliamentary leaders of ANP and PPPS, and a Member of PMLN and MMAP – spoke on the Resolution for 80 minutes. The PMLN and PPPS Members staged a walkout protesting the Resolution.

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Points of Order consume 71% of sitting time

ISLAMABAD, January 13, 2012: The National Assembly witnessed relatively better attendance of Members during the 2nd sitting of the ongoing session. A total of 141 Legislators were present at the start of the sitting while 212 were there at the end. With the exception of the parliamentary leader of MMAP, all other leaders were present.

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Agenda left unaddressed due to death of MNA and Pir Pagara

ISLAMABAD, January 12, 2012: The National Assembly met for 34 minutes during the first sitting of the 38th session on Thursday, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly proceedings. The House did not take up any formal agenda due to the death of MNA Azeem Daultana (NA-168) and Pir Pagara Syed Shah Mardan Shah-II.

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