Senate Passes 16 Bills, Makes 156 Recommendations on Finance Bill

ISLAMABAD, May 18, 2018: The Senate passed 14 government bills and two private members’ bills during the 277th session that continued between April 27, 2018 and May 15, 2018.

The session comprising 12 sittings also adopted three resolutions and took up four Calling Attention Notices (CANs). According to FAFEN’s headcounts, on an average, 18 (17%) lawmakers were present at the commencement and 17 (16%) at the adjournment of each sitting. Senate’s official attendance records show an average 64 of (62%) members present during each sitting.

On average, the sittings started four minutes behind the scheduled time while the average duration of each sitting remained two hours and 47 minutes. The Chairman attended ten out of 12 sittings and presided over 79% of the proceedings while the Deputy Chairman attended only two sitting and presided over 21% of the proceedings.

The Leader of the House attended 57% proceedings during 11 sittings while the Leader of the Opposition attended 60% of the proceedings during 10 sittings. The Prime Minister did not attend any of the sittings. According to the Senate’s Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, 2012, the Prime Minister is required to attend the Prime Minister’s Zero Hour (last half hour of each sitting) at least once in every week when the Senate is in session. Read More >>

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NA Approves Finance Bill, Supplementary Demands for Grants

ISLAMABAD, May 18, 2018: The National Assembly approved the Finance Bill, 2018 and 127 Supplementary Demands for Grants for financial year 2017-18, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily Factsheet on Friday. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the 14th sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly…

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Balochistan Assembly Meets Twice in One Day

ISLAMABAD, May 17, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly held two sittings (second and third) on Thursday, both separated by a period of 17 minutes, amidst absence of treasury lawmakers including the Chief Minister during first of these sittings, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during second and…

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Sindh Assembly Adopts Two Resolutions, Continues Debate on Budget

ISLAMABAD, May 17, 2018: The Sindh Assembly continued general discussion on the Provincial Annual Budget 2018-19 and also adopted two resolutions, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Thursday. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during sixth sitting of the 40th session: Members’ Participation The Sindh Assembly met for…

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Punjab Assembly Approves Supplementary Budget of 856mn

ISLAMABAD, May 17, 2018: The Punjab Assembly’s 36th session was prorogued on Thursday after approval of 40 Supplementary Demands for Grants 2017-18 of 856 million PKR, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during fourth and last sitting of the 36th session: Members’…

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Quorum Issue in NA Delays Passage of Finance Bill

ISLAMABAD, May 17, 2018: The National Assembly could not proceed to pass the Finance Bill, 2018 amidst lack of quorum on Thursday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the 13th sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for…

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Sindh Assembly: 11 Lawmakers Participate in Debate on Provincial Budget

ISLAMABAD, May 16, 2018: The Sindh Assembly continued general discussion on the Provincial Annual Budget 2018-19 on and 11 lawmakers participated in debate, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Wednesday. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during fifth sitting of the 40th session: Members’ Participation The Sindh Assembly met…

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Punjab Assembly Passes 12 Government Bills

ISLAMABAD, May 16, 2018: The Punjab Assembly passed 12 government bills on Wednesday while suspending the regular legislative procedure for half of these bills, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during third sitting of the 36th session: Members’ Participation The Punjab Assembly…

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Quorum Issue Haunts Budget Proceedings in NA

ISLAMABAD, May 16, 2018: The National Assembly could not proceed to take up its entire regular agenda regarding approval of demands for grants amidst lack of quorum on Wednesday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the 12th sitting of the 56th session: Members’…

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