Extensive 6-hour debate on 18th Amendment Bill in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, April 7, 2010: The National Assembly met on Wednesday with single-point agenda of debate on proposed Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010. The House underwent an extensive debate on the issue lasting almost six hours with 18 MNAs speaking on the proposed amendments, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Second Sitting of 21st Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Preliminary National Assembly Session Report

ISLAMABAD, April 2, 2010: Marked by unfinished agenda, low-attendance, lackluster interest, persistent lack of quorum and a lot a debate on Points of Order with none requiring Speaker’s ruling, the 20th Session of the National Assembly concluded here on April 2, 2010 with historic 18th Amendment Bill being introduced to the Lower House of Parliament in the last sitting of the session.

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Fourteenth Sitting leaves most of the agenda unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, April 01, 2010: Low attendance marked the Fourteenth sitting of the 20th session that met for 01 hour and 55 minutes, leaving most of the agenda on the Orders of the Day unaddressed, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order take 36% Time of Low Attendance Thirteenth Sitting

ISLAMABAD, March 31, 2010: The Thirteenth Sitting of the 20th Session met for two hours and thirteen minutes with 37 members present at the outset. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 14 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Thirteenth Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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12th Sitting of NA Points of Order consume more than 3/4th of time

ISLAMABAD, March 30, 2010: The 12th sitting of the 20th Session met for two hours and forty seven minutes out of which two hours and seven minutes were consumed on Points of Order, none of which required Speaker’s ruling. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting, but was not pointed out by any of the legislators, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Twelfth Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order consume almost half of time of 11th sitting of NA

ISLAMABAD, March 29, 2010: The 11th sitting lasted three hours and 07 minutes with 69 members present at the outset. As many as 84 minutes were consumed by the Points of Order raised by various MNAs whereas both the bills on agenda were not taken up during Monday’s proceedings, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Eleventh Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Low attendance 10th sitting meets for 2 hours

ISLAMABAD, March 26, 2010: The Low Attendance tenth sitting met for two hours and 1 minute with 67 members present at the outset. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 38 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition remained absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Tenth Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Low attendance, PML protest mark 9th sitting of ongoing NA session

ISLAMABAD, March 25, 2010: The Ninth sitting of the 20th session was marked by low attendance of the legislators with 72 members present at the outset and 52 at the end. Although the Quorum was lacking at various stages of the sitting, the lack of Quorum was not pointed out by any of the members. The sitting also witnessed a procession by members of PML, which resulted into a boycott by the party on alleged rigging in Gujrat by-elections, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Ninth Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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