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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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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