Points of Order Consume 52% Time of Low Attendance 7th Sitting

ISLAMABAD, December 29, 2010: The National Assembly met for two hours and 52 minutes in the 7th sitting of the ongoing Session. The sitting witnessed low attendance of members with only 21% of the legislators present at the outset of the sitting and 23% present when the sitting was adjourned. A maximum of 47% MNAs were present in the House when the Prime Minister was present. The Quorum was visible lacking at various stages of the sitting, but was not pointed out by any of the Members.

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6th Sitting NA Leaves Many Agenda Items Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, December 28, 2010: The National Assembly left most of the agenda unaddressed during the sixth sitting of the ongoing 27th session as Points of Order took more than half (59%) of the sitting time. The Private Members’ Day sitting with an ambitious list of agenda on the Orders of the Day, started 45 minutes…

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Fifth Sitting of 27th Session Marked by Low MNA Attendance

ISLAMABAD, December 24, 2010: The National Assembly met for an hour and fifty minutes during the fifth sitting of the ongoing 27th session. The sitting witnessed low attendance of Members, with only 30 Members present at the outset and 82 were present when the sitting was adjourned. Although the Quorum was visibly lacking at various sitting of this brief sitting, this was not pointed out by any of the Members.

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Points of Order consume almost half of fourth sitting time

ISLAMABAD, December 23, 2010: National Assembly met for three hours and 10 minutes during the 4th sitting of the 27th session. The sitting was marked by low attendance of the members with only 13% present at the beginning and 9% members present when the sitting was adjourned.

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NA passes The Constitution (Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010

ISLAMABAD, December 22, 2010: The National Assembly unanimously passed the Constitution (Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010 during the course of the third sitting of the ongoing 27th session. The passage of Bill took one hour and 36 minutes of the National Assembly proceedings.

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27th Session of NA Points of Order Consume 44% Time of First Sitting

ISLAMABAD, December 20, 2010: The Twenty-Seventh Session of the National Assembly began with low attendance of Members, with only 20 % of the Members present at the outset and 27% present when the sitting was adjourned. The first sitting, which started 40 minutes late, lasted three hours, debated upon the Registration (Amendment) Bill, 2010, without reaching a conclusive end was deferred indefinitely.

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NA leaves 71% agenda items unaddressed during almost 22-hour 26th Session

ISLAMABAD, November 14, 2010: Almost 40% MNAs participated in the 26th Session of the Lower House that left 71% of the agenda items listed on the Orders of the Day unaddressed primarily due to excessive time consumed by Points of Order, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report based on direct observation of the 26th Session of the 13th National Assembly that concluded on November 12, 2010.

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Eighth Sitting of 26th Session Marked by Low MNA Attendance

ISLAMABAD, November 11, 2010: National Assembly met for an hour and 44 minutes during the eighth sitting of the 26th session. The sitting witnessed low attendance of members with only 58 members present when the sitting started, while 102 were present when the sitting ended.

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Many Agenda Items Remain Unaddressed as POs Take 70% Time

ISLAMABAD, November 10, 2010: National Assembly left most of the agenda unaddressed during the seventh sitting of the ongoing 26th session. The sitting started 60 minutes late against the stipulated time of 1700 hours and lasted for three hours and 25 minutes. Although the attendance of members was relatively better than the previous sittings, the members mostly raised Points of Order to debate upon them and disregarded most of the regular agenda.

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