FAFEN Parliament Monitor – Provincial Assembly of Balochistan 5th Session Report

The Balochistan Assembly amended the law on local government to pave way for holding the elections on party basis as the House debated the law and order situation in the province during the fifth session. Additionally, the House passed the Balochistan Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill 2013 which lays down the procedures for appointing…

Details

FAFEN Parliament Monitor – National Assembly of Pakistan, 5th Session, September 16-27. 2013

The National Assembly’s fifth session responded to the unfortunate and tragic incidents of terrorism, molestation of minors, and natural catastrophe in September 2013 by debating them and adopting resolutions. The House adopted supplementary resolutions jointly brought in by members of various parties to condemn the suicide attack on the church in Peshawar, incidents of rape of minor girls, killings of army men in Upper Dir, and expressed sympathies along with calls for rehabilitation of the earthquake survivors in Balochistan. Four government and five private members bills were introduced during the session as the House left more than 60% of the private members’ agenda unaddressed.

Details

FAFEN Parliament Monitor – 4th Session Provincial Assembly of Punjab Report

The fourth session of Punjab Assembly was marked by passage of six bills including the Local Government Bill 2013 amid protests and walkouts, says FAFEN Parliament Monitor – 4th Session Provincial Assembly of Punjab report. The session also witnessed the passage of opposition-backed resolution against drone attacks. Thirty-eight legislators debated the local government bill in…

Details

FAFEN Parliament Monitor – Senate of Pakistan 97th Session Report

Senate’s 97th session was marked by the introduction of six private members’ bills, three of them seeking amendments in the constitution. The three bills sought amendments in articles 1, 51 and 106 and 140A of the constitution to empower the parliament to create new provinces, give workers representation in the national and provincial assemblies, and to provide for specified time in the constitution for holding local government elections.

Details

Political Parties’ Petitions with Election Tribunals – September 2013 Update

The election results were officially notified on May 22, meaning the candidates had until July 6 to submit petitions with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) constituted 14 tribunals (13 working) across the country to redress election related complaints of contesting candidates. The commission received 402 petitions in all, according to media reports. FAFEN has deployed 18 trained non-partisan lawyers to observe the proceedings in the tribunals set up by the ECP. By September 30, these tribunals had received and heard at least 339 petitions related to national and provincial assemblies. Many of the petitions filed with the ECP have been done so on multiple grounds and have sought more than one relief.

Details

FAFEN Parliament Monitor: National Assembly of Pakistan, 4th Session, August 13-30. 2013

The National Assembly’s fourth session was marked by the introduction of two treasury-backed bills and the formation of 34 Standing Committees while the House left 79% of the agenda on the orders of the day unaddressed. Low attendance and participation of lawmakers was observed during the session. The government introduced the Constitution (23rd Amendment) Bill seeking 20-year extension for provincial quota in the federal government services. This is the third extension by amending the article 27 of the constitution to provide “safeguards against discrimination in services”. Additionally, apart from the Service Tribunals (Amendment) Bill 2013, the Civil Servants (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 and the Electoral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 were introduced during the session.

Details

FAFEN Parliament Monitor: National Assembly of Pakistan, Second (Budget) Session June 12-28, 2013

Only 41% of legislators took part in the first budget session of the 14th National Assembly as the government’s decision to implement the increase in the General Sales Tax (GST) before the passage of the budget was criticized by the opposition. On the other hand the Supreme Court also ruled the government had no legal authority to levy and charge 17 per cent GST without the parliamentary approval. The session, that spread over 13 sittings from June 12 to June 28, 2013, lasted 85 hours. On average, each sitting started 20 minutes late and met for six hours and 32 minutes.

Details

FAFEN Parliament Monitor – Senate of Pakistan 95th Session

ISLAMABAD, June 22, 2013: Forty-six Senators took part in the debate on the federal budget during the 95th session of the Upper House, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its report released on Saturday. Senate’s Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics, Planning and Development presented before the House 113 recommendations, which were unanimously adopted in the last sitting of the session.

Details

Provincial Assembly of the Sindh: Annual Report 2012 – 2013

The fifth parliamentary year in the Sindh Assembly was marked by the passage of 47 bills – 43 government and four private member bills. Most of the bills (40) were passed in the last session of the fifth parliamentary year. These included five government and two private member bills to increase salaries, allowances, and other…

Details

General Election 2013: FAFEN Observation – Key Findings and Recommendations

Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) issued three short statements on Election Day, May 11, 2013, and a preliminary statement and report the day after the elections. The following report includes additional analysis of summary data received from more than 40,000 observers across the country. The ten themes in this report include voter turnout, barriers to women’s voting, irregularities in polling stations during voting and counting procedures, and weak election results management. The report also includes sections on last-minute changes in polling schemes; pre-election violence, government interference and Code of Conduct violations; and constituency delimitations.

Details