FAFEN Pinpoints College Governance Issues

LAHORE, May 26, 2010: More than one-third of lecturers posts are vacant in 106 boys colleges monitored nationwide during April 2010, says the FAFEN Education Institution Monitor released here Wednesday.

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Sporadic violence, heavy police presence, incidents of fraudulent voting mark Vehari by-Election

ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2010: Relatively lower female turnout, heavy presence of police inside and outside polling stations, sporadic violence at polling stations, campaigning and canvassing by supporters of contesting candidates and some incidents of fraudulent voting characterized the by-election for the NA-167 constituency of the National Assembly [Vehari-I], reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of NA-167 By-Election Observation.

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Low female Turnout, Heavy Presence of Police mark NA-178 by-Election

ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2010: Low turnout, incidents of fraudulent voting and heavy presence of police and security officials inside polling stations marked the by-election for the NA-178 constituency of the National Assembly [Muzaffargarh-III], reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of NA-178 By-Election Observation.

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Attendance remains low in the Eighth sitting of NA

ISLAMABAD, May 12, 2010: National Assembly continued debating Presidential Address in Eighth sitting of the 22nd session, which was marked by low attendance. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 27 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Eighth Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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208-minute debate on Presidential Address in 7th sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2010: National Assembly continued debating Presidential Address in Seventh sitting of the 22nd session, which was marked by low attendance and a long 208-minute debate on President’s Address, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Seventh Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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National Assembly discussed for 120 minutes the Presidential Address

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2010: The Sixth sitting of the 22nd session was marked by suspension of routine agenda for debate on the Presidential Address. Besides taking up a Bill relatively well-attended sitting discussed President’s Address for 120 minutes, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Sixth Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Ministers’ absence Deputy Speaker suspended NA proceedings for 15 minutes

ISLAMABAD, May 7, 2010: The Fifth sitting of the 22nd session was marked by low attendance and suspension of proceedings for 15 minutes by the Deputy Speaker due to absence of relevant ministers, who were to be present to respond the questions, listed on agenda. The Prime Minister attended the sitting briefly for 13 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition remained absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Fifth Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Only 19 Lawmakers were present at the end of Fourth Sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 6, 2010: The fourth sitting of the 22nd session was marked by low attendance with 63 members present at the outset and 19 members at the end. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 36 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was present for 39 minutes, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Fourth Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Low attendance marks 3rd sitting of 22th NA session

ISLAMABAD, May 5, 2010: The third sitting of the 22nd session was marked by low attendance with 43 members present at the outset and 81 members at the end. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 22 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was present for 150 minutes, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Third Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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28 legislators present at the outset of the 2nd Sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 4, 2010: The 2nd sitting of the 22nd National Assembly session started 26 minutes late, with only 28 members present at the start. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 41 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition remained absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Second Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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