NA Condoles Tragedies in Nepal, Peshawar

ISLAMABAD, April 27, 2015: Starting 40 minutes behind the schedule, the fifth sitting of the National Assembly’s ongoing session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Thirty-four members (10%) were present at the start of the sitting and 31 (9%) at the time of adjournment. The Prime Minister,…

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Balochistan Assembly: Question Hour Deferred Due to Ministers’ Absence

ISLAMABAD, April 27, 2015: The Balochistan Assembly was unable to take up a bill and questions appearing on its agenda as the relevant ministers failed to show up for the sitting on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 37 minutes behind the schedule with 18 lawmakers (28%) present at the…

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Sindh Assembly Passes Two Bills, Adopts One Resolution

ISLAMABAD, April 27, 2015: The Sindh Assembly passed two bills and adopted a resolution amid low attendance on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Thirty-two (19%) legislators were present at the start of the sitting and 63 (38%) at the time of adjournment. The quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the…

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POs Consume 48% of Balochistan Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, April 24, 2015: The third sitting of the Balochistan Assembly’s ongoing session was marked by thin attendance of lawmakers and a major part of the proceedings’ time was consumed by points of orders (POs), says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Friday. The sitting was marked by low attendance of members as 20…

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National Assembly Sitting Marked by Opposition’s Walkout

ISLAMABAD, April 24, 2015: The 4th sitting of the ongoing National Assembly’s session witnessed a walkout by opposition lawmakers against the unsatisfactory response by the relevant minister during the Question Hour, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting was also marked by low attendance of members as 48 (14%) were present at the…

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Relatively Better Managed By-Election Held amidst Heavy Security Measures

ISLAMABAD, April 23, 2015: Thousands of Rangers and Police personnel supervised a peaceful, relatively well-managed, keenly contested and closely monitored by-election in the central Karachi constituency of NA-246 on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary statement. Preceded by an intense triangular election campaign which was dotted with incidents of brawls…

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NA: Sitting Adjourned due to Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, April 23, 2015: The third sitting of the National Assembly’s 21st session was adjourned due to lack of quorum, says Free and Fair Election Network in its Daily Factsheet. Two bills- the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill 2015 and the Gas (Theft Control and Recovery) Bill 2014- were introduced in the House and…

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38 Petitions Yet to be Decided by Election Tribunals

ISLAMABAD, April 22, 2015: The election tribunals constituted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decided six cases in March 2015 – bringing the total number of decided cases to 373 out of 411. Meanwhile, 38 petitions are still awaiting decisions. Of the 373 cases, 154 have been dismissed on grounds of technical deficiencies – implying that the…

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National Assembly Leaves 58 % Agenda Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, April 22, 2015: The Lower House of the Parliament left over 58 per cent of the agenda unaddressed during the second sitting of its 21st session on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Twenty-one lawmakers (6%) were present at the start of the sitting and 41 (12%) at the time of adjournment.…

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Balochistan Assembly Debates Changes in Kashgar-Gwadar Trade Route

ISLAMABAD, April 21, 2015: The second sitting of the Balochistan Assembly’s ongoing session was marked by an extensive debate on proposed change in the Kashgar-Gwadar trade route, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Tuesday. The Chair had admitted and merged two identical adjournments motions (AMs) for a discussion on the subject during the…

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