Fourth Sitting of 29th Session Marked by Low MNA Attendance

ISLAMABAD, February 24, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 50 minutes during the 4th sitting of the ongoing 29th session. The sitting was marked by low Members’ attendance, with only 52 Members present at the outset and 48 present when the sitting was adjourned.

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38% Boys High Schools Lack Libraries, Playgrounds FAFEN Education Institution Monitor

As many as 38% government boys high schools do not have a library, 40% lack playgrounds and 42% do not have security guards, according to FAFEN’s monitoring of state-run boys high schools across the country during January, 2011. The government needs to resolve infrastructural issues and ensure the availability of key facilities in order to improve standards of secondary education in the country, says FAFEN’s Education Institution Monitor released here Monday.

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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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