Leader of the Opposition Opens Budget Debate in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, May 2, 2018: The National Assembly opened debate on the Federal Budget 2018-19 with the speech of Leader of the Opposition on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the second sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met…

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Leader of the Opposition Opens Budget Debate in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, May 2, 2018: The National opened debate on the Federal Budget 2018-19 with the speech of Leader of the Opposition on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the second sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for…

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Government Introduces Finance Bill, 2018 in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, April 27, 2018: The federal government presented the Finance Bill, 2018 in the National Assembly on Friday along with the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Appropriations for the financial year 2017-18, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the first sitting of the…

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Government Introduces Finance Bill, 2018 in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, April 27, 2018: The federal government presented the Finance Bill, 2018 in the National Assembly on Friday along with the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Appropriations for the financial year 2017-18, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the first sitting of the…

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National Assembly Session Prorogued without Addressing Agenda

ISLAMABAD, April 13, 2018: The National Assembly’s 55th session was prorogued on Friday without transacting any business amidst lack of quorum, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during fourth and last sitting of the 55th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for 45…

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NA Suspends Procedure to Pass Anti-Human Trafficking Bill

ISLAMABAD, April 12, 2018: The National Assembly suspended the regular legislative procedure on Thursday to pass the Prevention of Smuggling of Migrants Bill, 2018, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during third sitting of the 55th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for three…

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Tax-related Ordinances Laid in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, April 11, 2018: The National Assembly, on Wednesday, witnessed the presentation of three presidential ordinances promulgated to give effect to the tax amnesty scheme announced by the Prime Minister last week, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during second sitting of the 55th session:…

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National Assembly Condoles Death of PPPP Lawmaker

ISLAMABAD, April 10, 2018: The National Assembly did not take up its regular business on Tuesday to express condolence over the demise of PPPP lawmaker Muhammad Ayaz Soomro who passed away last month, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during first sitting of the 55th…

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National Assembly: Legislators’ Attendance Trend Declines in Five Years

National Assembly: Legislators’ Attendance Trend Declines in Five Years

ISLAMABAD, April 8, 2018: The average attendance per sitting of National Assembly (NA) legislators declined by 13% over the last five years. Analysis of attendance patterns suggests a link of the falling attendance rate with weak enforcement of parliamentary rules of procedure and general disinterest among political leaders to participate in parliamentary business. The annual average attendance per sitting declined from 222 (65%) legislators during the first year to 193 (56%) legislators during the fifth year. Similarly, session-wise attendance average fell from 311 (91%) per sitting during the first session in June 2013 to 192 (56%) in the last NA session that was prorogued sine die in March 2018.

According to the official records, each NA sitting was attended by an average of 60% legislators. Only five sittings were attended by 301 or more legislators, while 42 sittings were attended by 251 to 300 legislators. A total of 212 sittings had an attendance between 201 and 250 legislators, 174 had an attendance between 151 to 200 legislators, 33 had an attendance between 101 and 150 legislators while two sittings were attended by less than 100 legislators. The attendance also fluctuated on various weekdays. The average attendance on midweek days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) is higher than the first and last working days of the week (Monday and Friday). Read More >>

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National Assembly Prorogued After Completing Business

ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2018:  The National Assembly’s 54th session was prorogued on Friday after addressing its entire agenda for the day, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Following are key observations of the proceedings during sixth (last) sitting of the 54th Session:  Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for two hours and four minutes. The sitting started at 1045 hours against…

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