First Sitting of 23rd Session Marked by low MNA Attendance

ISLAMABAD, June 3, 2010: The 23rd Session of the National Assembly started here on June 3, 2010, with 112 members present at the outset and 42 members present at the end. The Quorum was lacking at various stages during the sitting. However, the lack of quorum was not pointed out by any of the legislators, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on First Sitting of 23rd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Attendance remains low in the Eighth sitting of NA

ISLAMABAD, May 12, 2010: National Assembly continued debating Presidential Address in Eighth sitting of the 22nd session, which was marked by low attendance. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 27 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Eighth Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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208-minute debate on Presidential Address in 7th sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2010: National Assembly continued debating Presidential Address in Seventh sitting of the 22nd session, which was marked by low attendance and a long 208-minute debate on President’s Address, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Seventh Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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National Assembly discussed for 120 minutes the Presidential Address

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2010: The Sixth sitting of the 22nd session was marked by suspension of routine agenda for debate on the Presidential Address. Besides taking up a Bill relatively well-attended sitting discussed President’s Address for 120 minutes, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Sixth Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Ministers’ absence Deputy Speaker suspended NA proceedings for 15 minutes

ISLAMABAD, May 7, 2010: The Fifth sitting of the 22nd session was marked by low attendance and suspension of proceedings for 15 minutes by the Deputy Speaker due to absence of relevant ministers, who were to be present to respond the questions, listed on agenda. The Prime Minister attended the sitting briefly for 13 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition remained absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Fifth Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Only 19 Lawmakers were present at the end of Fourth Sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 6, 2010: The fourth sitting of the 22nd session was marked by low attendance with 63 members present at the outset and 19 members at the end. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 36 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was present for 39 minutes, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Fourth Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Low attendance marks 3rd sitting of 22th NA session

ISLAMABAD, May 5, 2010: The third sitting of the 22nd session was marked by low attendance with 43 members present at the outset and 81 members at the end. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 22 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was present for 150 minutes, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Third Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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28 legislators present at the outset of the 2nd Sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 4, 2010: The 2nd sitting of the 22nd National Assembly session started 26 minutes late, with only 28 members present at the start. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 41 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition remained absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Second Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order Consume 40% Time of Low Attendance First Sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 3, 2010: The 22nd Session of the National Assembly started here on May 3, 2010, with 38 members present at the outset. The Quorum was lacking at various stages during the sitting. However, the lack of quorum was not pointed out by any of the legislators, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on First Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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21st Session of NA lasts 21 hours and 7 minutes

ISLAMABAD, April 10, 2010: Only 23 MNAs participated in the debate on the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010 during the 21st session of the National Assembly that prorogued on April 9, 2010, says Free and fair Election Network in its Preliminary Report on the 21st Session of the National Assembly.

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