Balochistan PA: Role of Standing Committees Remain Weak in Legislative Process

No Private Member’s Bill Introduced in 10th Balochistan Assembly Governance Issues Top Priority in Legislation The committees in the Parliamentary democracies are considered as eyes and ears of the legislature. Their role is important to oversee and monitor the working of various ministries of the government and much of the House business is handled through…

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Civil Society Calls for End to Govt’s Arbitrary Controls

Civil Society Calls for End to Govt’s Arbitrary Controls

ISLAMABAD, December 29, 2016: Leading civil society organizations in Pakistan have urged the government to initiate an inclusive consultative process on the issue of regulation of not-for-profit organizations instead of resorting to arbitrary measures to restrict their functioning and stifle their independence.

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2.2 Million Adult Women in Sindh Do Not Possess CNIC

2.2 Million Adult Women in Sindh Do Not Possess CNIC

ISLAMABAD, December 29, 2016: Out of 11.9 million adult women in Sindh province, 2.2 million are yet to get computerized national identity cards (CNICs) and become eligible voters, a consultation was told here on Thursday. The consultation, Missing Millions, on the issues of the CNIC and voter registration of women was organized at a local hotel…

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Heavy Reliance on Ordinances for legislation in Punjab

Standing Committees Take Longer Time to Report Back on Legislative Proposals No Private Member Bill passed in 16th Punjab Assembly so far The 16th Provincial Assembly of Punjab passed 137 government bills during 25 sessions held between June 1, 2013 and December 5, 2016, mainly focusing on Governance, Education, Elections and Human Rights. The lawmakers…

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257th Session: Senate Takes Up Heavy Agenda, Passes Four Bills

Chairman Reserves Ruling on Govt’s Decision to Place Five Regulatory Bodies under Ministries’ Control Prime Minister, PTI Parliamentary Leader Remain Absent Throughout Session The Senate took up heavy agenda during five sittings held between December 19, 2016 and December 23, 2016. It passed four bills, adopted three resolutions, and witnessed introduction of six legislative proposals…

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Opposition Stages Walkout in Senate over Ministerial Absence

Session Prorogued ISLAMABAD, December 23, 2016: The opposition lawmakers staged a walkout in the House of Federation over ministerial absence to respond to a Calling Attention Notice (CAN) related to recent PIA plane crash, says Free and Fair Election Network on Friday. Sponsored jointly by PTI and PPPP female lawmakers, the House took up a…

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Senate Discusses Quetta Inquiry Commission Report

ISLAMABAD, December 22, 2016: The Senate discussed report of the Commission on the incident of terrorism at Civil Hospital Quetta on August 8, 2016 during the fourth sitting of its ongoing 257th session on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. The House debated the report following an adjournment motion admitted…

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Every Fourth Eligible Woman Voter in Balochistan Not on Voters’ Lists

Every Fourth Eligible Woman Voter in Balochistan Not on Voters’ Lists

QUETTA, December 22, 2016: The political parties, civil society and the officials of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) vowed to work together to expedite the voter registration of at least five lac missing yet eligible women voters in Balochistan who have yet to be issued Computerized National Identity…

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Senate Discusses Control of Regulatory Bodies under Ministries

ISLAMABAD, December 21, 2016: The Senate discussed the government decision to place five regulatory bodies under control of ministries during third sitting of 257th session on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. The Chairman took suo motu notice on it during the last sitting and wanted the government to brief…

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Electoral Reforms Committee Presents Second Interim Report before National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, December 20, 2016: The National Assembly witnessed presentation of Second Interim Report of Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms on Tuesday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. The session was prorogued sine die without taking up the Private Members’ business. Following are key observations of the proceedings during fifth and last…

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