Low attendance, lack of Quorum persist

ISLAMABAD, February 28: Marked by late start and low attendance of Members, the third sitting of the Punjab Assembly’s 35th session passed two bills as it met for two hours and 55 minutes on Tuesday. Starting 50 minutes behind schedule, at the start of the sitting only seven MPAs were present. When the sitting was…

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Hike in prices of 19 commodities

ISLAMABAD, February 28: The prices of 19 commodities went up in February 2012 as compared with the preceding month while those of 20 others came down and 13 remained unchanged, reveals a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Tuesday.

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Second Sitting Only Eight MPAs Present at Start

ISLAMABAD, February 27, 2012: Starting forty five minutes behind schedule, the second sitting of 35th session of the Punjab Assembly lasted two hours and 15 minutes on Monday. It witnessed low attendance of Members with only eight present at the outset and 41 when the sitting was adjourned. The Quorum, visibly lacking, was not pointed…

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Restrictions on Observation, Police Interference and Violence Mark Low Turnout By-Elections

ISLAMABAD, February 25, 2012: Restrictions by police and election officials on FAFEN observation, errors in new electoral rolls, interference of police in electoral matters, incidents of violence and procedural irregularities underlined the relatively low turnout by-elections in 10 national and provincial constituencies held on February 25, 2012, said Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary By-Election Observation Report. FAFEN will release its detailed report on February 27, 2012.

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Last Sitting Starts After 85 Minutes Delay

ISLAMABAD, February 21, 2012: Starting an hour and 25 minutes behind schedule, the fifth sitting of Sindh Assembly’s session met for two hours and 35 minutes on Tuesday. The Speaker prorogued the session at 1400 but asked the Members to stay in the House as Federal Minister for Interior had to present the investigation report…

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Police stations in Punjab, Sindh and ICT understaffed

ISLAMABAD, February 20, 2012: Sanctioned posts for male staff were found to be vacant in police stations monitored in Punjab, Sindh and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) during the October-December 2011 quarter, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

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Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, February 20: Starting 58 minutes behind schedule, the third sitting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly continued to witness low attendance by Members. Only 40 were present at the start and 17 when the sitting was adjourned. 

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