Low Attendance Sitting Leaves All Regular Agenda Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD November 18, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and eight minutes during the fifth sitting of the ongoing 36th session. The House did not take up any formal agenda which appeared on the Orders of the Day, as the Members raised a total of 15 Points of Order, which failed to attract the Chair’s formal ruling. Unless the Chair gives a formal ruling on a Point of Order, speeches and rejoinders do not contribute to any assembly output.

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Low Attendance, Protests by PMLN, MQM

ISLAMABAD, November 17, 2011: The National Assembly met for three hours and five minutes during the 4th sitting of the ongoing 36th session. Though like previous sittings the quorum was lacking, it was not pointed out by any of the Members. A total of 27 Legislators were observed to be present at the outset of the sitting, while 61 Members were present when it was adjourned.

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2nd Sitting Marked by Excessive Use of Points of Order, Unfinished Agenda

ISLAMABAD, November 15, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 28 minutes during the second sitting of the ongoing 36th session. The sitting was marked by low attendance of Members, with 76 present at the outset and 68 present at the end. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting. However, it was not pointed out by any of the Legislators.

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70% Schools without Security Guards, Peons and Sanitary Workers

ISLAMABAD, November 14: More than two-thirds of the 152 boys’ primary schools in 89 districts across Pakistan were without non-teaching staff like peons, sanitary workers and security guards, according to a monitoring report issued by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Monday.

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First Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, November 14, 2011: The National Assembly met for 55 minutes during the first sitting of the 36th Session on Monday, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Prices of 26 commodities go down in October 2011

ISLAMABAD, Nov 5: A Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Saturday said compared to September prices of 26 commodities decreased, 19 went up and six remained unchanged in October this year. On average, prices of commodities like wheat, fruits, chicken, some pulses, medical tests and kitchen fuel went down by 5.4% while yoghurt, eggs,chapatti, beef, some pulses and rice varieties registered 8% increase.

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Suspicious Voting, High Turnout in NA-203 Candidate Bagged 99% Votes

ISLAMABAD, November 4, 2011: Suspicious voting pattern at 14 polling stations and heavy police presence underlined the one-sided contest in NA-203 Shikarpur-cum-Sukkur-cum-Larkana (Old Shikarpur-II] as people of the constituency went to the polls at 47 polling stations necessitated by the judgment of an election tribunal in Sindh, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Observation Report.

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Tehsil Level Hospitals Lack Diagnostic and Medical Services

Tehsil Level Hospitals Lack Diagnostic and Medical Services

ISLAMABAD, Nov 3: Forty-six Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals (THQs) monitored in 34 districts nationwide in August 2011 were found to be lacking basic medical services, according to a report released by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday. It said more than half – 57% – of them did not have pathology departments while 40% of the monitored THQs lacked pediatrics and 38% were without gynecology and obstetrics departments.

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