National Assembly Condoles Death of PML-N Lawmaker

ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2018: The National Assembly did not take up its regular business on Monday to express condolence over the demise of PML-N lawmaker Rajab Ali Baloch who passed away last day after protracted illness, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during 10th sitting…

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Labour Laws Must Address Women Workers’ Issues

ISLAMABAD, May 13, 2018: The Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies need to improve the quality of labour legislation to make it consistent, applicable and in accordance with the law of the country and best international practices, besides ensuring that special measures to address women workers’ issues are incorporated in them, observes Women Action for Better Workplaces (WAction), a project implemented by Trust for Democratic Education & Accountability (TDEA), in a statement here on Sunday.

A qualitative analysis of the federal and provincial labour laws passed by the incumbent legislative assemblies was conducted by WAction that states that Pakistan has inherited and introduced a number of labour laws. As many as 130 federal and provincial laws partially cover the labour issues, while more than 80 laws are such which exclusively deal with labour related matters. The analysis further reveals that some parts of the labour laws have become obsolete and infructuous, warranting repeal, while some others need to evolve to keep pace with the changing realities of the modern day workforce. With little or no pressure from any quarters, efforts on part of the legislative assemblies to upgrade or consolidate this set of fragmented laws are virtually non-existent.

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Lack of Quorum Delays Budget Proceedings in NA

ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2018: The National Assembly did not wind up the debate on Federal Budget 2018-19 amidst lack of quorum on Friday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the ninth sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for…

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Senate Passes One Private, 12 Government Bills

ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2018: The Senate on Friday passed one private member and 12 government bills, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Following are key observations of the proceedings of 10th sitting of 277th session: Members’ Participation The Senate met for two hours and 30 minutes. The sitting started one minute late against the scheduled…

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Sindh Assembly Witnesses Presentation of Finance Bill 2018

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2018: The Provincial Government presented the Sindh Finance Bill, 2018 in the Assembly amid protest by the Opposition lawmakers on Thursday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during second sitting of 40th session: Members’ Participation The Sindh Assembly met for an hour…

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Lawmakers Disinterest Marks Punjab Assembly’s 35th session

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2018: Lack of interest of provincial lawmakers in proceedings marked the 35th session of Punjab Assembly, which passed one private member’s as well as two government bills and witnessed the introduction of nine legislative proposals.

The session, comprising seven sittings, started on April 26, 2018 and concluded on May 7, 2018. The cumulative duration of the sittings was 11 hours and 27 minutes as each sitting, on average, witnessed a delay of an hour and 46 minutes from its starting time and continued for an hour and 38 minutes.

The lack of quorum persisted during the first five sittings and it was pointed out for seven times. Four sittings had to be adjourned due to the presence of less than 25% (93) lawmakers in the House while the required number was found complete twice after the customary bells were rung for five minutes. One instance was such when the quorum was found complete after suspension of the proceedings for 40 minutes.Read More >>

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Senate Concludes Debate on Budget; Seeks Power to Approve Money Bill

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2018: The Senate on Thursday concluded debate on the Federal Budget 2018-19 and discussed necessary amendment in the Constitution for authorising it to approve money bill including the finance bill, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Following are key observations of the proceedings of 9th sitting of 277th session: Members’ Participation The Senate…

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National Assembly: 28 Lawmakers Participate in Budget Debate

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2018: The National Assembly continued general discussion on the Annual Budget 2018-19 on Thursday and 28 lawmakers participated in debate on it,  observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the eighth sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for…

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Sindh Assembly Passes Five Government Bills

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2018: The Sindh Assembly passed five government bills on Wednesday including a legislative proposal returned by the Governor, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during first sitting of the 40th session: Members’ Participation The Sindh Assembly met for three hours and…

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Senate Adopts Recommendations on Finance Bill, 2018

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2018: The Senate on Wednesday passed a motion to adopt 156 recommendations on the Finance Bill, 2018 containing the Annual Budget Statement as reported by the Standing Committee on Finance, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Following are key observations of the proceedings of 8th sitting of 277th session: Members’ Participation The Senate met for…

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