Balochistan Assembly Demands 20 Additional Seats

ISLAMABAD, March 17, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday demanding an addition of 20 seats in the provincial assembly, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the second sitting of the Assembly’s 50th session:  Members’ Participation  The Balochistan Assembly met for three hours. The sitting started at 1627…

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Delimitation Proposals: FAFEN Identifies Discrepancies in Size of Electoral Constituencies

ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2018: Free and Fair Election Network (ECP) has identified varying degree of discrepancies in the population size of electoral constituencies in fresh delimitation proposals laid out by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). While ECP has upheld the legal delimitation principles of geographical compactness and respect for the existing boundaries of administrative units, the principle of equality of vote is compromised in as many as 81 National Assembly constituencies where the variation in population size exceeds the ordinarily permissible legal limit of 10%.

Election Rules, 2017 drafted and approved by ECP appeared to have been strictly adhered to but in that process legal principle of equality of vote is compromised. Rules pertaining to delimitation could not sufficiently operationalize the legal principle of equality of vote among constituencies. Law provides for equality among constituencies but Rules have attempted to follow this principle among provinces and districts. In a detailed analysis of the Preliminary Report and List of Constituencies released by ECP, FAFEN examined the variations found in the population and voter size of the National Assembly (NA) constituencies with regards to the national, provincial and district averages of population and voters per constituency.

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National Assembly Prorogued After Completing Business

ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2018:  The National Assembly’s 54th session was prorogued on Friday after addressing its entire agenda for the day, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Following are key observations of the proceedings during sixth (last) sitting of the 54th Session:  Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for two hours and four minutes. The sitting started at 1045 hours against…

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Punjab Assembly Condemns Diplomats’ Harassment in India

ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2018: The Punjab Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Friday condemning the incidents of harassment of Pakistani diplomats in India, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during 28th and last sitting of the 34th session: Members’ Participation The Punjab…

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Balochistan Assembly Sitting Adjourned due to Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly was adjourned on Thursday due to lack of quorum, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the first sitting of the Assembly’s 50th session:  Members’ Participation  The Balochistan Assembly met for two hours and 49 minutes. The sitting started at 1633 hours against the scheduled time of 1600 hours.…

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National Assembly Takes up Entire Agenda

ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2018: The National Assembly on Thursday transacted its entire agenda and passed a government bill related to power sector, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during fifth sitting of the 54th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for three hours…

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Punjab Assembly Condemns Raiwind Suicide Attack

ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2018: The Punjab Assembly adopted a resolution on Thursday condemning the suicide attack in Raiwind, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during 27th sitting of the 34th session: Members’ Participation The Punjab Assembly met for an hour and 18…

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Sindh Assembly Passes 10 Bills, Adopts 16 Resolutions

ISLAMABAD, March 14, 2018: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh passed 10 bills and adopted 16 resolutions during its 38th session comprising 12 sittings held between February 23, 2018 and March 12, 2018. Each sitting, on average, started 90 minutes behind the scheduled time and lasted for two hours and 25 minutes. The longest sitting of the session (third)…

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TDEA-FAFEN Launches Pakistan’s Most Comprehensive Election Portal

Election records of more than 62,506 candidates is now only a few clicks away ISLAMABAD, March 14, 2018: The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability– Free and Fair Election Network (TDEA-FAFEN) launched the Pakistan’s most comprehensive election information portal “Election Pakistan” in a ceremony here on Wednesday. The purpose for developing such a unique and…

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Punjab Assembly Passes Nine Bills, Two Resolutions

ISLAMABAD, March 14, 2018: The Punjab Assembly passed nine legislative bills and two resolutions including a private member’s bill the Punjab Anand Karaj Bill, 2017 on Wednesday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during 26th sitting of the 34th session: Members’ Participation…

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