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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Senate Sets Precedent for Punctuality

ISLAMABAD, April 21, 2015: The 114th session of the Senate witnessed a marked improvement in parliamentary business as the House strictly followed the schedule and witnessed a considerable decrease in misuse of points of order (POs). The session, comprising seven sittings, started on April 6 and concluded on April 20, 2015 – with all the sittings starting on time.

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Chinese President Addresses Parliament’s Joint Session

ISLAMABAD, April 21, 2015: In a historic event to improve Pak-China relations, the President of People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping addressed the joint session of the Parliament on Tuesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session started with the national anthems of both countries. The Chinese President addressed the House for…

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Six Ordinances Laid, Three Bills Introduced in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, April 20, 2015: The first sitting of 21th session of National Assembly witnessed introduction of three bills and presentation of six ordinances on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs presented the Safeguard Measures (Amendment) Ordinance 2015, the Countervailing Duties Ordinance 2015, the Anti-dumping…

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Senate Winds Up Debate on Import of LNG

ISLAMABAD, April 20, 2015: Starting at the scheduled time of 1500 hours, the Senate concluded debate on the import of LNG and the agreements made or proposed in this regard during the 7th (last) sitting of 114th session on Monday, say Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Twelve lawmakers- PPPP (6), PML-N & PTI (2…

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Balochistan Assembly Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, April 18, 2015: Starting 30 minutes behind schedule, the first sitting of the Balochistan Assembly’s 17th session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Saturday. Seventeen members (26%) were present at the start of the sitting and 19 (29%) at the time of adjournment. The Leader…

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Lack of Quorum Marks Sindh Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, April 17, 2015: The Sindh Assembly continued to witness low attendance as only 16 (9%) legislators were present at the start and 44 (26%) at the adjournment of the 6th sitting of the ongoing 19th session on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet. The quorum was visibly lacking at…

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