Marked Improvement Witnessed in National Assembly’s Proceedings

73% of Agenda Addressed during 47th Session Important Laws on Elections and Right to Information Passed Private Member’s Bill on Organ Transplantation Approved ISLAMABAD, October 12, 2017: The National Assembly transacted 73% of the scheduled business during its 47th session while the proceedings marked an improvement with regards to the quorum and the attendance of…

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Balochistan PA Session Marked by Low Interest of Lawmakers

Deputy Speaker’s Post Lying Vacant Since December 2015 ISLAMABAD, September 27, 2017: The 44th session of the Balochistan Assembly passed seven resolutions amidst low attendance of the lawmakers throughout the session, observes the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session, comprising five sittings, started on September 11, 2017 and concluded on September 21, 2017. On average, each sitting started…

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Treasury Manages to Get Elections Bill Passed from Senate

Opposition fails to take advantage of its strength as House rejects crucial amendments in the Bill ISLAMABAD, September 26, 2017: The outgoing session of the Senate was concluded with a major breakthrough for the treasury members who succeeded in getting the Elections Bill, 2017 passed after rejecting crucial amendment of the opposition to put a…

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National Assembly Leaves 38% Agenda Unaddressed during 46th session

Five sittings adjourned due to lack of quorum The Right of Access to Information Bill remains pending ISLAMABAD, September 25, 2017: The National Assembly left its 38% agenda unaddressed amidst low attendance of lawmakers and frequent adjournments due to lack of quorum during 46th session, observes the Free and Fair Election Network in its session report…

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Illegal Canvassing, Bar on Observers Reported from NA-120

Illegal Canvassing, Bar on Observers Reported from NA-120

ISLAMABAD, September 17, 2017: Though Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) managed to control illegal campaigning and canvassing around the majority of polling stations during the by-election in NA-120 Lahore-III, Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) reports that its observers witnessed party camps at one-fourth and provision of transport by candidates around one-third of observed polling stations.

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ECP Vigilance, Violations of Code of Conduct Mark NA-120 Campaign

ECP Vigilance, Violations of Code of Conduct Mark NA-120 Campaign

ISLAMABAD September 15, 2017: Violations of Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) code of conduct by contesting parties, allegations on PML-N of use of state machinery by the opposing candidates and ECP’s continued vigilance in terms of taking notices of complaints remained the key highlights of FAFEN’s observation of competitive and intense campaign period ahead of NA-120 by-election.

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Balochistan Assembly Adopts Six Resolutions, Passes Two Bills

Leader of the House remains absent throughout 43rd session Points of Order consume eight percent of the proceedings Deputy Speaker office lying vacant since December 2015 ISLAMABAD, 31 August 2017: The Provincial Assembly of Balochistan adopted six resolutions and passed two government bills during four-sitting session held between August 22 and August 30, 2017, observes…

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Senate Takes Up Heavy Agenda; Rejects US Statements about Pakistan

Passes Right of Access to Information Bill during 266th Session Elections Bill 2017 referred to Committee; Report likely to be presented on Sept 11, 2017 PM holds in-camera briefing on Tethyan Copper Company’s case ISLAMABAD, August 30, 2017: The Senate took up heavy agenda during its 266th session, by passing six bills, adopting nine resolutions and referring 25 bills,…

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National Assembly Paves Way for Polls; Passes Elections Bill 2017

Lower House elects Prime Minister during 44th session Passes another important bill to protect the interest of whistleblowers ISLAMABAD, August 23, 2017: The National Assembly passed the Elections Bill, 2017 and elected 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan during 44th session held between August 1, 2017 and August 22, 2017, says FAFEN in its session report.…

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FAFEN Review and Recommendations on Elections Bill 2017

FAFEN Review and Recommendations on Elections Bill 2017

Enhance and clarify Election Commission’s powers Provide for measures to penalize public servants and persons in service of Pakistan under corrupt practices Withdraw regressive measures to curb transparency Improve procedure and transparency in appointment of caretaker governments Increase minority representation Define regional quota for women reserved representation Take measures to dilute political monopolies ISLAMABAD, August…

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