Low Attendance Sitting Leaves All Regular Agenda Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD November 18, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and eight minutes during the fifth sitting of the ongoing 36th session. The House did not take up any formal agenda which appeared on the Orders of the Day, as the Members raised a total of 15 Points of Order, which failed to attract the Chair’s formal ruling. Unless the Chair gives a formal ruling on a Point of Order, speeches and rejoinders do not contribute to any assembly output.

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Low Attendance, Protests by PMLN, MQM

ISLAMABAD, November 17, 2011: The National Assembly met for three hours and five minutes during the 4th sitting of the ongoing 36th session. Though like previous sittings the quorum was lacking, it was not pointed out by any of the Members. A total of 27 Legislators were observed to be present at the outset of the sitting, while 61 Members were present when it was adjourned.

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2nd Sitting Marked by Excessive Use of Points of Order, Unfinished Agenda

ISLAMABAD, November 15, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 28 minutes during the second sitting of the ongoing 36th session. The sitting was marked by low attendance of Members, with 76 present at the outset and 68 present at the end. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting. However, it was not pointed out by any of the Legislators.

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First Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, November 14, 2011: The National Assembly met for 55 minutes during the first sitting of the 36th Session on Monday, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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35th Session Last Sitting Marked by Low Attendance, Unfinished Agenda

ISLAMABAD, October 18, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 50 minutes during the last sitting of the 35th session. The sitting was marked by low attendance of Members, with 93 present at the outset and only 52 present when the session prorogued. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting. However, it was not pointed out by any of the Legislators.

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11th Sitting Marked by Two Walkouts, 36 Points of Order

ISLAMABAD, October 17, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 40 minutes during the 11th sitting of the ongoing session. The sitting which started an hour late witnessed low attendance of Members, with only 46 Members present at the outset and 62 present when the sitting was adjourned.

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Tenth Sitting takes up all Agenda Items

ISLAMABAD, October 14, 2011: The National Assembly met for an hour and 38 minutes during the 10th sitting of the ongoing session. The sitting was marked by low Members’ attendance. Only 52 Members present at the outset, while 88 were present when the sitting was adjourned.

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Productive 9th NA Sitting Witnesses PMLN-MQM tussle

ISLAMABAD, October 13, 2011: The National Assembly disposed of almost the entire agenda of the ninth sitting of the ongoing 35th session. The agenda-focused sitting witnessed relatively better attendance, with 62 Members present when the sitting started, while 156 Members were present when it was adjourned. A maximum of 210 Members were present at one point of the sitting.

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