Sindh Assembly Takes Up Private Members’ Agenda

ISLAMABAD, April 10, 2018: The Sindh Assembly adopts four resolutions on Tuesday while leaving two-thirds private members’ business unaddressed, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during second sitting of the 39th session: Members’ Participation The Sindh Assembly met for three hours and 52…

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Equality of Vote Compromised in 92 PA Constituencies

Equality of Vote Compromised in 92 PA Constituencies

ISLAMABAD, April 10, 2018: Examination of the recently issued preliminary report of draft proposals for the delimitation of constituencies reveals that adherence to the principle of equality of vote – a key principle for ensuring equitable political representation – is compromised in 92 proposed Provincial Assembly (PA) constituencies, including 26 in Balochistan, 22 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 21 in Punjab, and 23 in Sindh. These proposed constituencies deviate by more than 10% from their respective provincial average population per PA constituency; exceeding the ordinarily permissible variation range of 10% established by the law.

Of 92 PA constituencies, 72 constituencies have been suggested with a variation rate between 11% and 20%, nine constituencies have variation between 21% and 30%, seven constituencies have a higher degree of variation between 31% and 40%, three constituencies have a variation between 41% and 50% while in case of one Balochistan PA constituency, this variation is exorbitantly higher than 50%.

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Senate Adopts Four Resolutions; Refers One Bill to Committee

ISLAMABAD, April 9, 2018: The Senate on Monday adopted four resolutions and referred a private member’s bill to the relevant committee for review, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the first sitting of 276th session:  Members’ Participation The Senate met for four hours and…

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Sindh Assembly Reminds IRSA to Tackle Land Erosion Issue

ISLAMABAD, April 9, 2018: The Sindh Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution on Monday demanding the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) to play its role in controlling land erosion in the province, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during first sitting of the 39th…

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National Assembly: Legislators’ Attendance Trend Declines in Five Years

National Assembly: Legislators’ Attendance Trend Declines in Five Years

ISLAMABAD, April 8, 2018: The average attendance per sitting of National Assembly (NA) legislators declined by 13% over the last five years. Analysis of attendance patterns suggests a link of the falling attendance rate with weak enforcement of parliamentary rules of procedure and general disinterest among political leaders to participate in parliamentary business. The annual average attendance per sitting declined from 222 (65%) legislators during the first year to 193 (56%) legislators during the fifth year. Similarly, session-wise attendance average fell from 311 (91%) per sitting during the first session in June 2013 to 192 (56%) in the last NA session that was prorogued sine die in March 2018.

According to the official records, each NA sitting was attended by an average of 60% legislators. Only five sittings were attended by 301 or more legislators, while 42 sittings were attended by 251 to 300 legislators. A total of 212 sittings had an attendance between 201 and 250 legislators, 174 had an attendance between 151 to 200 legislators, 33 had an attendance between 101 and 150 legislators while two sittings were attended by less than 100 legislators. The attendance also fluctuated on various weekdays. The average attendance on midweek days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) is higher than the first and last working days of the week (Monday and Friday). Read More >>

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Balochistan Assembly Adopts Three Resolutions

ISLAMABAD, April 02, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly was prorogued on Monday after transacting its scheduled business including three private members’ resolutions and two government bills, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the eighth (last) sitting of the Assembly’s 50th session:  Members’ Participation  The Balochistan Assembly met for an hour and 50 minutes.…

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Balochistan Assembly Demands PSDP Allocation for Water Reservoirs

ISLAMABAD, March 30, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly adopted a resolution on Friday demanding the allocation of 500 billion rupees for construction of water reservoirs in the province, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the seventh sitting of the Assembly’s 50th session:  Members’ Participation  The Balochistan Assembly met for an hour and 44…

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Two Bills Introduced in Balochistan Assembly

ISLAMABAD, March 27, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday witnessed introduction of two bills to curb smoking practices among adolescents and at cinema houses, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the sixth sitting of the Assembly’s 50th session:  Members’ Participation  The Balochistan Assembly met for an hour and 34 minutes. The sitting…

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Balochistan Assembly Demands Additional 29 NA and 26 PA seats

ISLAMABAD, March 24, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly adopted four resolutions on Saturday including a resolution recommending the federal parliament to increase the National Assembly (NA) and Provincial Assembly (PA) seats for the province, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the fifth sitting of the Assembly’s 50th session:  Members’ Participation …

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Balochistan Assembly Lacks Quorum to Take up Agenda

ISLAMABAD, March 22, 2018: The Balochistan Assembly did not take up any agenda item on Thursday due to lack of quorum, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the proceedings during the fourth sitting of the Assembly’s 50th session:  Members’ Participation  The Balochistan Assembly met for 29 minutes. The sitting started at 1633 hours against the…

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