Low Attendance 7th Sitting meets for 2 Hours

ISLAMABAD, March 19, 2010: The Seventh Sitting of the 20th Session was marked by low attendance of Legislators with 65 members present at the outset and 80 members present at the end. Although the Quorum was lacking at various stages of the sitting, this was not pointed out by any of the members, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the Seventh Sitting of the 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order take 30% Time of Low Attendance Sixth Sitting

ISLAMABAD, March 18, 2010: The Sixth Sitting of the 20th Session was marked by low attendance of Legislators with 78 members present at the outset. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 17 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Sixth Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Low attendance marks 5th sitting of 20th NA session

ISLAMABAD, March 17, 2010: The low attendance fifth sitting of the 20th session met for three hours and twenty two minutes, with 80 members present at the outset and 72 members at the end. The Quorum was lacking at various stages of the sitting, but 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 Fifth Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Fourth Sitting leaves most of the agenda unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2010: The low attendance fourth sitting of the 20th session met for three hours and seven 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 on Fourth Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order take 34% Time of Low Attendance Third Sitting

ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2010: The third sitting of the 20th session was marked by low attendance with 79 members present at the outset and 92 members at the end. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 26 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was present for 28 minutes, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Third Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order Consume 46% Time of Low Attendance Second Sitting

ISLAMABAD, March 12, 2010: The second sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly held here on March 12, 2010 was marked by 15 points of orders, which consumed 46 per cent of the sitting time, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order Consume 50% Time of Low Attendance First Sitting

ISLAMABAD, March 11, 2010: The 20th Session of the National Assembly started here on March 11, 2010 with 47 members present at the outset of the first sitting, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on First Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Fraudulent Voting, Heavy Police Presence Mark PP-284 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: By-election for the PP-284 constituency of the Punjab Assembly [Bahawalnagar-VIII] was characterized by heavy presence of police in and around polling stations, campaigning and canvassing at polling stations in violation of the electoral laws, instances of possible fraudulent voting and significant procedural irregularities, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PP-284 By-Election Observation.

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Fraudulent Voting, Interfering Police Mark PP-82 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: By-election for the eighty-second constituency of the Punjab Assembly [Jhang-X] was characterized by fraudulent voting at many polling stations, partisan election officials siding with one candidate or the other, police interfering with the electoral process and local influential and/or federal and provincial ministers campaigning and canvassing for certain candidates, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PP-82 By-Election Observation.

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PB-25 By-Election Characterized by Violence, Intimidation

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: Amid heightened tension and multiple armed clashes, by-election for the 25th constituency of the Baluchistan Assembly [Jaffarabad-I] was characterized by restrictions on independent observation, widespread incidents of breach of women’s right to vote in secrecy and significant procedural irregularities, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PB-25 By-Election Observation.

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