More Than 59,000 Women Voters Barred from Voting in Shangla By-Election

More than 59,000 women voters were not allowed to vote in PK-87 Shangla-l by-election held on January 29, 2011. Women voters were disenfranchised as per accord among all the contesting political parties and candidates at 14 female polling stations and 69 combined polling stations, according to FAFEN’s report on by-election observation.

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Polio Persists Despite 17 Years of Campaigning

One confirmed Polio case was reported in Pakistan’s largest metropolis, Karachi, in November 2010, indicating the persistence of the viral disease despite aggressive vaccination campaigns by the government since 1993 for its eradication.

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60% Members participate in 28th National Assembly Session

64% agenda items remained unaddressed Points of Order consume more than one-third of session time Unfinished agenda, low attendance of Members, persistent lack of quorum and Points of Order interrupting the itemized proceedings marked the Twenty-Eighth session of the National Assembly that ended here on February 4, 2010, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN)…

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49 Points of Order Consume 74% of 8th Sitting Time

ISLAMABAD, February 2, 2011: The National Assembly met for three hours and 10 minutes with low Members’ attendance during the eighth sitting of the ongoing 28th session. A total of 61 Members were present at the outset, while only 24 were present when the sitting was adjourned. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting, but it was not pointed out by any of the Members. A maximum of 161 Members’ attendance was recorded at one point during the sitting.

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7th Sitting Almost Half of Sitting Time Consumed by Points of Order

ISLAMABAD, February 01, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 45 minutes in the 7th sitting of the ongoing Session. The sitting witnessed low attendance of members with only 14% of the legislators present at the outset of the sitting and 26% present when the sitting was adjourned.

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Low Attendance marks 6th Sitting of National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, January 31, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 55 minutes during the sixth sitting of the ongoing 28th session. The sitting witnessed low attendance of Members, with only 63 Members present at the outset and 95 present when the sitting was adjourned. A maximum of 138 Members were observed to be…

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5th Sitting NA Leaves Entire Agenda on Orders of the Day Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, January 28, 2011: The National Assembly met for an hour and 55 minutes during the fifth sitting of the ongoing 28th session. The sitting which started 45 minutes late witnessed low attendance of Members, with only 56 Members present at the beginning and 75 present when the sitting was adjourned. A maximum of 142 Members was recorded at one point of sitting.

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Fourth Sitting of 28th Session Marked by low MNA Attendance

ISLAMABAD, January 27, 2011: The National Assembly met for three hours and eight minutes during the 4th sitting of the ongoing 28th session. The sitting was marked by low Members’ attendance, with only 46 Members present at the outset and 39 present when the sitting was adjourned. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting, but it was not pointed out by any of the Members.

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