43% Lawmakers Remain Inactive During Budget Session

Low interest of lawmakers was witnessed during the Budget session (30th) of the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan as 28 members (43%) did not participate in the general discussion on budget, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its session report. Among twenty five male and three female inactive members, fourteen belonged to PML-N followed…

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76 Lawmakers Remain Silent During Budget Deliberations

Nearly 46% of the lawmakers did not contribute in the budget debate during Sindh Assembly’s 25th session, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its session report. Provincial Minister for Finance tabled the Sindh Finance Bill, 2016 during the first sitting which was passed by the House in the 11th sitting after discussion on the provincial budget for…

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KP Budget Session Marked by Low Interest of Lawmakers

KP Budget Session Marked by Low Interest of Lawmakers

75%  lawmakers remain inactive during budget debate The 19th session of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly was marked by the passage of the Finance Bill 2016 amid low interest of lawmakers in budget debate as well as proceedings of the House, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Ninety-two members (75% of the current membership – 123)…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 249th Session Report

FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 249th Session Report

The 249th session of Senate (Budget Session) witnessed a marked improvement in parliamentary output in terms of transaction of business, strict follow up of schedule, regular attendance of key members and participation of lawmakers in the debate on Finance Bill during its 12 sittings. The session started on June 2 and concluded on June 17, 2016, with an average…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Provincial Assembly of KP 18th Session Report

FAFEN Parliament Monitor Provincial Assembly of KP 18th Session Report

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly passed three bills and adopted all resolutions (eight) during the 18th session, observes Free and Fair Election Network in its session report based on direct observation of the proceedings of the Provincial Assembly. Among the eight government bills appearing on the List of Business, the House passed three, including the…

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Heavy on legislation, third year of NA ignores 25% public interest agenda

Heavy on legislation, third year of NA ignores 25% public interest agenda

The 14th National Assembly during its third parliamentary year registered some improvement on a number of indicators, including participation of members, punctuality in timings and its output in terms of legislation and resolutions as compared to the second parliamentary year. Overall, issues of political instability, terrorism, natural calamities, civil-military relations, corruption and accountability featured more…

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Lawmakers’ interest in National Assembly Shows Declining Trend

Lawmakers’ interest in National Assembly Shows Declining Trend

101 lawmakers attend less than half of sittings Attendance remains higher in shorter sessions while lower in longer sessions Average annual attendance the lowest during second parliamentary year The 14th National Assembly completed its third parliamentary year on May 31, 2016. It held 32 sessions spanning over 289 sittings from June 1, 2013, to May 30,…

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Provincial Assembly of the Balochistan Annual Report 2015 – 2016

The 10th Balochistan Assembly passed 19 treasury-backed bills and adopted 46 resolutions that mostly sought improved governance and economic development in the province. However, no private member bill/legislative proposal was introduced in the House that showed lack of interest both by the treasury and the opposition members in bringing legislation pieces. Keeping in view the…

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