Senate Session Marked by 6 Walkouts; Two Ordinances Tabled

ISLAMABAD, October 31, 2014: The Senate witnessed introduction of two ordinances aimed to facilitate the conduct of local government elections, six walkouts and absence of the Prime Minister during the 108th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network in its preliminary report based on direct observation. Three legislations − a private member’s bill and two ordinances − appeared on the session’s agenda. Both ordinances − the Electoral Rolls (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 and the Delimitation of Constituencies (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 − were introduced in the House while a private member’s bill seeking to revise powers, immunities and privileges of parliamentarians was withdrawn by the mover.

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Opposition Stages Walkout from Senate, Session Prorogued

ISLAMABAD, October 30, 2014: The Senate witnessed a walkout by the opposition over the torture of OGDCL workers by Islamabad police on Thursday during the 10th sitting of 108th session which has been prorogued, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Low attendance was observed as 18 members (17%) were present at the outset,…

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Two Walkouts, Lack of Quorum Mark Senate Sitting

ISLAMABAD, October 29, 2014: The Senate did not take up any agenda items on the orders of the day due to two walkouts by the Opposition and the 9th sitting of 108th session was adjourned due to lack of quorum on Wednesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Opposition staged two walkouts…

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Senate Sitting Adjourned Due to Lack of Quorum

ISLAMABAD, October 28, 2014: The eighth sitting of the Senate’s 108th session was adjourned due to lack of quorum leaving the entire agenda, except for question Hour, unaddressed, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Deputy Chairman presided over the sitting that began 44 minutes behind the schedule. As many as 21 Senators…

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Senate Adopts 4 Resolutions, Debates Killings of Sikhs in KP

ISLAMABAD, October 27, 2014: The Senate adopted four different resolutions on Monday and debated the killing of two members of the Sikh Community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the 7th sitting of 108th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Through the resolutions, the Upper House demanded the government take effective steps to promote…

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Senate Sitting Adjourned on the Eve of Diwali

ISLAMABAD, October 24, 2014: Starting 42 minutes behind the schedule, the 6th sitting of 108th session of the Senate was adjourned without taken up any business on account of celebrations of the Hindu festival Diwali, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). At the outset of the sitting, a PPPP Senator recommended the Deputy…

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Bill Withdrawn from Senate over Journalists Concerns

ISLAMABAD, October 23, 2014: Starting 51 minutes behind the schedule, the Senate witnessed the withdrawal of the Members of Parliament (Powers, Immunities and Privileges) Bill 2014 owning to the reservations of journalists during the 5th sitting of 108th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Adviser to the Prime Minister on National…

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Low Attendance Senate Sitting Witnesses Two Walkouts

ISLAMABAD, October 22, 2014: Low attendance and two walkouts marked the fourth sitting of 108thsession of the Senate as 8 senators (8%) were present at the outset and 26 (25%) at its adjournment, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Tabled by an ANP Senator, the House approved a joint motion under Rule 218…

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3rd Sitting Witnesses Low Attendance of MPAs

ISLAMABAD, October 21, 2014: The third sitting of the ongoing 108th session of Senate was marked by low attendance as 23 senators were present at the outset while 30 were there at the adjournment of the sitting, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Moreover, the parliamentary leaders of BNP-A, JUI-F, MQM, NP and…

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Low Attendance Sitting of Senate Witnesses Introduction of Bill

ISLAMABAD, October 20, 2014: Low attendance of members was witnessed during the second sitting of 108th session of the Senate as 18 senators (17%) were present at the outset and 21 (20%) at its adjournment, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). A PPPP lawmaker tabled the Members of Parliament (Powers, Immunities and Privileges)…

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