Low Attendance Persists in Sindh Assembly

ISLAMABAD, January 23, 2015: The third sitting of the Sindh Assembly’s 18th session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers – with 39 MPAs (23%) present at the start and 71 (42%) at the time of adjournment, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting.…

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Sindh Assembly: Second Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, January 22, 2015: Starting 51 minutes behind schedule, the second sitting of the Sindh Assembly’s 18th session witnessed low attendance as only 11 MPAs were present at the outset and 71 at the time of adjournment, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting.…

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Sindh Assembly Adopts Resolution against Blasphemous Caricatures

ISLAMABAD, January 21, 2015: The Sindh Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution against blasphemous caricatures published by a French magazine during the first sitting of its 18th session on Wednesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The resolution demanded the Organization of Islamic Conference, European Union and United Nations to take stern action against…

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Lack of Quorum, Low Attendance Mark 17th NA Session

ISLAMABAD, January 20, 2015: Low attendance, lack of quorum and excessive use of points of order marked the 17th session of the National Assembly amid the passage of the Constitution (21st Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Pakistan Army Amendment Bill 2015. The legislators consumed two hours and 54 minutes (10%) to debate the bills while…

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Two Bills Introduced, Resolution Adopted in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, January 16, 2015: Starting 19 minutes behind the schedule, the 13th (last) sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session witnessed the introduction of two bills and passage of a resolution amid low attendance, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Fifty-one lawmakers (15%) were present at the start of the sitting and 48…

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National Assembly Adopts Resolution against Blasphemous Caricatures

ISLAMABAD, January 15, 2015: The National Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution against blasphemous caricatures published by a French magazine during the 12th sitting of its ongoing 17th session on Thursday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Fifty-one lawmakers (15%) were present at the start of the sitting and 64 (19%) at the time of…

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National Assembly Sitting Adjourned due to Death of Lawmaker

ISLAMABAD, January 14, 2015: Starting 26 minutes behind schedule, the 11th sitting of the National Assembly’s 17th session was adjourned due to the demise of PML-N lawmaker Rai Mansab Ali Khan, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting, that lasted 34 minutes, started at 1126 hours and ended at 1200 hours. The Prime…

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Only four election petitions decided in December 2014

ISLAMABAD, January 14, 2015: Only four cases were decided by the election tribunals in December 2014 whereas a petition decided earlier has been remanded back by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. So far 358 out of 411 post-election disputes (332 out of 385 by tribunals and 26 by ECP) have been decided, while another 53…

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Points of Order Consume Two-Third of National Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, January 13, 2015: Nearly 71% of the agenda was left unaddressed by the National Assembly as points of order (POs) consumed two-third of the proceedings on Tuesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. Two bills – the Emigration (Amendment) Bill 2014 and the Special Citizens Bill 2015 –…

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National Assembly Concludes Debate on Peshawar Attack

ISLAMABAD, January 12, 2015: Starting an hour and 35 minutes behind schedule, the National Assembly concluded debate on terrorist attack in Peshawar during the 9th sitting of 17th session on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 36 lawmakers (11%) were present at the start of the sitting and 27 (8%) at the…

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