Points of Order Consume 40% Time of Low Attendance First Sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 3, 2010: The 22nd Session of the National Assembly started here on May 3, 2010, with 38 members present at the outset. The Quorum was lacking at various stages during the sitting. However, the lack of quorum was not pointed out by any of the legislators, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on First Sitting of 22nd Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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FAFEN Household Expenditure Pattern Study

There is a link between fluctuation in the prices of daily-use food items and the level of good governance, nationally and locally. The task of recording variations in prices of daily-use items therefore should not be left alone to the government. The Pakistan Household Integrated Economic Survey is a government initiative and has attracted criticisms related to conflict of interest and credibility. For this reason, Free and Fair election Network (FAFEN) has launched a Household Expenditure Pattern study.

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21st Session of NA lasts 21 hours and 7 minutes

ISLAMABAD, April 10, 2010: Only 23 MNAs participated in the debate on the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010 during the 21st session of the National Assembly that prorogued on April 9, 2010, says Free and fair Election Network in its Preliminary Report on the 21st Session of the National Assembly.

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Extensive 6-hour debate on 18th Amendment Bill in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, April 7, 2010: The National Assembly met on Wednesday with single-point agenda of debate on proposed Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010. The House underwent an extensive debate on the issue lasting almost six hours with 18 MNAs speaking on the proposed amendments, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Second Sitting of 21st Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Preliminary National Assembly Session Report

ISLAMABAD, April 2, 2010: Marked by unfinished agenda, low-attendance, lackluster interest, persistent lack of quorum and a lot a debate on Points of Order with none requiring Speaker’s ruling, the 20th Session of the National Assembly concluded here on April 2, 2010 with historic 18th Amendment Bill being introduced to the Lower House of Parliament in the last sitting of the session.

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Fourteenth Sitting leaves most of the agenda unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, April 01, 2010: Low attendance marked the Fourteenth sitting of the 20th session that met for 01 hour and 55 minutes, leaving most of the agenda on the Orders of the Day unaddressed, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order take 36% Time of Low Attendance Thirteenth Sitting

ISLAMABAD, March 31, 2010: The Thirteenth Sitting of the 20th Session met for two hours and thirteen minutes with 37 members present at the outset. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 14 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Thirteenth Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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12th Sitting of NA Points of Order consume more than 3/4th of time

ISLAMABAD, March 30, 2010: The 12th sitting of the 20th Session met for two hours and forty seven minutes out of which two hours and seven minutes were consumed on Points of Order, none of which required Speaker’s ruling. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting, but was not pointed out by any of the legislators, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Twelfth Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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