Points of Order take 34% Time of Low Attendance Third Sitting

ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2010: The third sitting of the 20th session was marked by low attendance with 79 members present at the outset and 92 members at the end. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 26 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was present for 28 minutes, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Third Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order Consume 46% Time of Low Attendance Second Sitting

ISLAMABAD, March 12, 2010: The second sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly held here on March 12, 2010 was marked by 15 points of orders, which consumed 46 per cent of the sitting time, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order Consume 50% Time of Low Attendance First Sitting

ISLAMABAD, March 11, 2010: The 20th Session of the National Assembly started here on March 11, 2010 with 47 members present at the outset of the first sitting, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on First Sitting of 20th Session of the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Fraudulent Voting, Heavy Police Presence Mark PP-284 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: By-election for the PP-284 constituency of the Punjab Assembly [Bahawalnagar-VIII] was characterized by heavy presence of police in and around polling stations, campaigning and canvassing at polling stations in violation of the electoral laws, instances of possible fraudulent voting and significant procedural irregularities, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PP-284 By-Election Observation.

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Fraudulent Voting, Interfering Police Mark PP-82 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: By-election for the eighty-second constituency of the Punjab Assembly [Jhang-X] was characterized by fraudulent voting at many polling stations, partisan election officials siding with one candidate or the other, police interfering with the electoral process and local influential and/or federal and provincial ministers campaigning and canvassing for certain candidates, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PP-82 By-Election Observation.

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PB-25 By-Election Characterized by Violence, Intimidation

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: Amid heightened tension and multiple armed clashes, by-election for the 25th constituency of the Baluchistan Assembly [Jaffarabad-I] was characterized by restrictions on independent observation, widespread incidents of breach of women’s right to vote in secrecy and significant procedural irregularities, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PB-25 By-Election Observation.

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NA-123 By-Election Observation Low Turnout, Heavy Police and Fraudulent Voting Observed

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010: Low turnout, extremely heavy presence of police and paramilitary forces, campaigning and canvassing by supporters of contesting candidates around polling stations, campaign materials inside and within 100 yards of most polling stations of particularly the PML-N candidate and significantly high incidences of observed fraudulent voting marked the by-election for the NA-123 constituency of the National Assembly [Lahore-VI], reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of NA-123 By-Election Observation.

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48% MNAs did not participate in 29th NA Session

ISLAMABAD, March 09, 2010: Almost 52% MNAs participated in the 29th Session of the Lower House that left more than half (55%) of the agenda items listed on the Orders of the Day unaddressed, primarily due to excessive use of Points of Order and debate on Adjournment Motions says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Report based on direct observation of the 29th Session of the 13th National Assembly that concluded on March 04, 2011.

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Women MNAs Outperform Male Counterparts in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD: Women members have been more active, assertive and effective voices of citizens than their male counterparts in the National Assembly that is set to complete its Second Parliamentary Year this month, says a Performance Analysis of Women Members of the National Assembly released by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) to mark International…

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17% MNAs present at the outset of the 14th Sitting

February 25, 2010: Attendance remained low at the 14th sitting of the 19th Session. A total of 56 members were present at the outset of the sitting. The Quorum was lacking through the sitting, but was not pointed out by any of the legislators, reports the Free and Fair Election Network [FAFEN] in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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