Senate Passed Six Bills, Adopted Four Resolutions amid Low Attendance

PM and Opposition Leader remained absent during the entire session ISLAMABAD, August 19, 2015: With an average of 13% Senators present at the start and 31% at the end of each sitting, the 118th session of Senate passed six government bills and adopted four resolutions, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session comprising…

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FAFEN Welcomes Public Release of Senators Attendance Record

ISLAMABAD, 18 August 2015: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) welcomes the Senate’s latest measure to make public the attendance record of members on its website and called it a major step towards parliamentary transparency, says a FAFEN press statement. The step followed a similar measure that was taken by the National Assembly in…

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Balochistan PA: Points of Order Consume Two-Fifth of Last Sitting

ISLAMABAD, August 18, 2015: The Balochistan Assembly could not take up any of the questions on its agenda due to ministerial absence and consumed 40% of last sitting’s time on points of order, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Tuesday. The sitting started 88 minutes behind the schedule with 26 lawmakers (40%) present…

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Haripur By-polls: Biometric Voting Piloted, Procedural Irregularities Persist amid Heavy Police Presence

Islamabad, August 16, 2015: Biometric verification machines were piloted on 30 (6%) polling stations in Haripur (NA-19) where usual procedural irregularities persisted amidst heavy police presence inside the polling stations during the by-polls on Sunday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary report. The by-election was held after a three-member Supreme Court…

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Balochistan PA: Two Resolutions Adopted, Four Bills Introduced

ISLAMABAD, August 15, 2015: The Balochistan Assembly witnessed adoption of two resolutions and introduction of four bills during the fourth sitting of its 20th session on Saturday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet. The sitting started 90 minutes behind the schedule with 22 lawmakers (34%) present at the start and…

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Balochistan Assembly: Question Hour Deferred Due to Minister’s Absence

ISLAMABAD, August 13, 2015: The Balochistan Assembly could not take up any of the questions on its agenda as the relevant minister was not present for the sitting on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The House passed two bills which included the Balochistan Hotels Restriction (Security) Bill 2015, and the Balochistan Rented…

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Points of Order Consume Two-Fifth of Senate’s Last Sitting

ISLAMABAD, August 13, 2015: The Senate continued to witness thin attendance of lawmakers during its last sitting on Thursday as Points of Order consumed 39% of sitting’s time, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 13 lawmakers were present at the start of the sitting and 27 at the time of adjournment. The lawmakers…

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NA Last Sitting Marked by Passage of Bill, Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, August 13, 2015: The National Assembly passed one bill amid low attendance of lawmakers as the 24th session was prorogued sine die on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet. Only 24 legislators (7%) were present at the start and 85 (24%) at the time of adjournment of the sitting.…

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Low Attendance Persists as Senate Debates Flood Damages

ISLAMABAD, August 12, 2015: The Senate discussed an Adjournment Motion regarding the loss of lives and properties due to recent flood in various parts of the country during the eighth sitting of its ongoing 118th session, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Thirteen lawmakers – six from PPPP, three from PML-N, two from PkMAP…

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National Assembly: Six Bills Passed as Low Attendance Persists

ISLAMABAD, August 12, 2015: With 18 (5%) lawmakers present at the outset and 29 (8%) at the time of adjournment, the National Assembly took up 90 percent agenda during 13th sitting of its ongoing 24th session on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet. The low attendance sitting passed six bills…

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