Balochistan Assembly Passes Defense Housing Authority Bill

ISLAMABAD, October 1, 2015: The Balochistan Assembly passed Defense Housing Authority Quetta Bill, 2015 amid low attendance of lawmakers during the first sitting of its 21st session on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The House adopted a resolution to express condolence over tragic Hajj Stampede which claimed hundreds of lives, while another…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 119th Session Report

ISLAMABAD, September 18, 2015: The 119th session of Senate was marked by low attendance of lawmakers during all five sittings, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session started on September 14 and was prorogued sine die on September 18, 2015 with almost all the sittings starting on scheduled time. On average, each sitting lasted three hours and 24 minutes with 19 (18%) lawmakers present at the outset and 26 (25%) at the time of adjournment.

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Low Attendance Persists in Senate Sitting

ISLAMABAD, September 18, 2015: The Senate continued to witness low attendance as only 12 (11%) legislators were present at the start and 24 (23%) at the time of adjournment during the last sitting of its 119th session on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet. The quorum was visibly lacking during…

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Points of Order Consume Two-Fifths of Senate’s Sitting

ISLAMABAD, September 17, 2015: The Senate continued to witness thin attendance of lawmakers during its sitting on Thursday as Points of Order (POs) consumed more than two-fifths (43%) of sitting’s time, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 15 lawmakers (14%) were present at the outset and 20 (19%) at the time of adjournment.…

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Senate Sitting Adjourned due to Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, September 16, 2015: Starting at the scheduled time, the third sitting of Senate’s ongoing 119th session was adjourned due to lack of quorum after meeting for two hours and 50 minutes, says Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet. A PTI lawmaker pointed out the quorum at 1745 hours, following which the…

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Relatively well-managed by-election in PK-93 held in presence of heavy security

Islamabad, September 16, 2015: A relatively better managed and largely peaceful by-election in PK-93 (Upper Dir) was held under heavy presence of security forces on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary report. The seat fell vacant following the disqualification of JI’s MPA Malik Behram Khan over fake degree case. In the 2013 general elections, Malik Behram Khan had won securing 12,894 votes while PPPP’s Sahibzada Sanaullah remained the runner up, bagging 9,500 votes.

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Ministerial Absence from Senate; Chairman Issues Last Warning

ISLAMABAD, September 15, 2015: Chairman Senate, Raza Rabbani, issued fourth and last warning over the absence of relevant minister from the floor of the House, causing drop in agenda on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Chairman was about to give ruling over ministerial absence but instead issued last warning on the…

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Points of Order Consumed 65% of Senate Sitting

ISLAMABAD, September 14, 2015: The Senate witnessed low attendance of lawmakers on Monday during the first sitting of its 119th session as major part of the sitting was consumed by Points of Order (POs), says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only 28 lawmakers (27%) were present at the start of the sitting and 29…

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Punjab Assembly Adopts Five Resolutions amid Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, September 8, 2015: The Punjab Assembly adopted five resolutions during last sitting of 16th session on Tuesday as the House continued to witness low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 35 minutes behind the schedule with 12 (3%) members present at the start and 40 (11%) at…

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Punjab Assembly: Lack of Quorum Leads to Adjournment of Sitting

ISLAMABAD, September 7, 2015: Starting two hours and nine minutes behind schedule, the ninth sitting of the Punjab Assembly’s ongoing 16th session was adjourned due to lack of quorum after meeting for an hour and nine minutes, says Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet. An Independent lawmaker pointed out the quorum at…

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