Senate Discusses Political Situation, Adopts Resolution to Abolish Riba

ISLAMABAD, July 9, 2018: The Senate on Monday adopted a resolution to abolish Riba and discussed the political situation in the perspective of upcoming general elections, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the first sitting of the 279th session: Members’ Participation The…

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FAFEN Releases Fifth Update on Long-Term Observation of General Election 2018

ISLAMABAD, July 1, 2018: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has released its 5th Update of the Long-Term Observation of General Election 2018, containing information on the political and electoral environment in the country from June 1 to June 30, 2018. The Election Update also tells about the finalization of polling stations by the Election Commission of Pakistan, information on the nomination process of contesting candidates, inauguration of development schemes and the incidence of political and electoral violence, besides other issues of importance. Read More >>

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FAFEN Releases Digitized Asset Details of Former Lawmakers

FAFEN Releases Digitized Asset Details of Former Lawmakers

ISLAMABAD, June 30, 2018: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), which is supported by the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA), released a report on the digitized details of the assets and liabilities of the former Members of the 14th National Assembly, on Saturday.

The declaration of the assets and liabilities was obligatory for all lawmakers at the time of nomination as well as annually after their election under Sections 12(2)(f) and 42-A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 (which has now been replaced with the Elections Act, 2017). The statements, submitted by the end of September each year, contained details of the assets owned by the lawmakers, their spouses and their dependents. The statements are then published in the official gazette for public information. Read More >>

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Foreign Affairs, Terrorism, CPEC Consume Eight Percent of 14th NA Agenda

Foreign Affairs, Terrorism, CPEC Consume Eight Percent of 14th NA Agenda

ISLAMABAD, Jun 27, 2018: The 14th National Assembly dedicated almost eight percent of its agenda to matters concerning foreign affairs, anti-terrorism and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during its five-year term that concluded on May 31, 2018. The House preferred the government-sponsored and supplementary business items over private lawmakers’ interventions over these issues, says a press release issued by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday.

Pakistan witnessed crucial foreign relation challenges during last five years, including increasing tensions with neighbouring India and Afghanistan, various conflicts in the Muslim world, and strained ties with the United States (US) amidst warming relationship with Russia and the development of CPEC. Despite the urgency warranted by many of these issues, the government avoided proactive deliberation on foreign affairs in the National Assembly. In fact, some efforts by private lawmakers, particularly by opposition members, to take up these issues in the House were stalled. Read More >>

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14th National Assembly Ends with Legislative Distinction

ISLAMABAD, June 01, 2018: Despite political controversies in the past five years, the 14th National Assembly took up an unprecedented legislative agenda by approving 205 bills as compared to 134 and 51 bills passed by 13th and 12th National Assemblies during their five-year terms, respectively.

The House approved several important pieces of legislation, including five constitutional amendments during 56 sessions comprising 495 sittings, that provided for setting up military courts for an initial period of two years and their subsequent extension for another two years, reallocation of National Assembly seats among federating units on the basis of fresh census results, electoral reforms and the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Elections Act, 2017, which reformed and consolidated the erstwhile eight separate election laws of the country, also saw light of the day during the term of the 14th Assembly. Read More >>

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Balochistan Assembly Passes Four Bills During Last Sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 31, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly passed four government bills and two resolutions during its last sitting that ended five minutes after the expiry of the Assembly’s term at 0005 hours on June 1, 2018, observers Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during…

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Lawmakers Deliver Farewell Speeches in National Assembly

ISLAMABAD, May 31, 2018: The National Assembly on Thursday witnessed farewell speeches by outgoing lawmakers during last sitting of its current term (2013-18), observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are the key observations of the House proceedings during 23rd (last) sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly…

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Balochistan Assembly Adopts Resolution for One Month Delay in General Elections

ISLAMABAD, May 30, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly adopted a resolution on Wednesday demanding one-month delay in the upcoming general elections, reports Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the second sitting of the Assembly’s 53rd session: Members’ Participation The Balochistan Assembly met for five hours…

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Points of Order Consume 87 % of NA Sitting

ISLAMABAD, May 30, 2018: The major portion of the National Assembly’s proceedings was consumed in farewell speeches by outgoing lawmakers and debate on political as well as other issues raised through points of order on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during 22nd sitting…

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NA Fails to Take up Regular Agenda due to Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, May 29, 2018: The National Assembly on Tuesday could not take up most of its regular agenda due to early adjournment of sitting after lack of quorum, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during 21st sitting of the 56th session: Members’ Participation The National Assembly met for…

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