Lack of Quorum Marks Punjab Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, August 28, 2015: Starting 74 minutes behind the schedule, the Punjab Assembly continued to witness low attendance as only 29 legislators (8%) were present at the start and 80 (22%) at the adjournment of the third sitting of the ongoing 16th session on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet.…

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FAFEN Launches Campaign to Open Up Electoral Reforms’ Committee

ISLAMABAD, August 27, 2015: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has launched a public campaign to open up the proceedings of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms for greater transparency and ownership of the citizens, says a press release issued on Thursday. FAFEN has urged the Speaker of the National Assembly to direct the Parliamentary…

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Punjab Assembly: 11 Ordinances Presented amid Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, August 27, 2015: The Punjab Assembly witnessed presentation of 11 ordinances amid low attendance of lawmakers on Thursday during 2nd sitting of its ongoing 16th session, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 79 minutes late with 25 legislators (7%) present at the start and 50 (13%) at the time of…

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Punjab Assembly Pays Tribute to Late Shuja Khanzada

ISLAMABAD, August 26, 2015: The Punjab Assembly witnessed thin attendance of lawmakers on Wednesday as the House passed a resolution to pay tribute to former Punjab Home Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada and others who fell victim to suicide bomb attack on August 16, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started two…

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Balochistan PA: 95% Questions Left Unaddressed During 20th Session

Points of Order consume 33% of session time Speaker’s seat lying vacant for three months ISLAMABAD, August 24, 2015: The Balochistan Assembly adopted nine resolutions and left 95% questions unaddressed amid low interest of lawmakers during the 20th session, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its session report based on direct observation of…

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Only 10% MNAs Attend All 14 Sittings of 24th Session

ISLAMABAD, August 21, 2015: Nearly 10 percent of the members of the National Assembly attended all 14 sitting during its 24th Session that ended on August 13, says FAFEN press statement on Friday. According to the attendance record released by the National Assembly Secretariat, as many as 34 MNAs – 20 directly elected, 13 women,…

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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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