FAFEN Parliament Monitor- Senate of Pakistan 91st Session

The session from 18 February to 14 March 2013 lasted 36 hours and 14 minutes. On average, each of the 17 sittings lasted two hours and seven minutes, starting 49 minutes late. Overall the upper house passed 15 bills including four private members’ bills. A private member’s bill introduced by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate “to consolidate the law to regulate the acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution” by NGOs “for any activities detrimental to the national interest” was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor: National Assembly of Pakistan 50th Session (February 17 — March 14, 2013)

The 13th National Assembly, completing its historic five years tenure, achieved a legislative agenda which altered the country’s governance structure by ensuring provincial autonomy and restoring the 1973 constitution, and promoted women’s empowerment. However, the last session of the assembly was marked by low interest of members as low attendance persisted throughout the session, and the lower house left 70% of the agenda appearing on the Orders of the Day unaddressed. The 50th session witnessed the passage of bills on counter-terrorism, general elections, education and health. Maintaining the tradition of political consensus over legislation and other national interest issues, the house unanimously passed 15 bills, including two amendments to the Anti-terrorism Act to expand the powers of law enforcement agencies to tackle financing for acts of terrorism and empowering them to detain suspects for a period of thirty days. In addition, a bill was passed to set up the National Counter Terrorism Authority.

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Provincial Assembly of the Punjab: Annual Report 2012 – 2013

As the Punjab Assembly grappled with the question of creating new provinces in the fifth parliamentary year, it passed bills to set up universities and curtail the trend of protracted litigation in disposing of land cases as part of the reforms package the provincial government announced for women, besides adopting the federal laws on the subjects devolved to the provinces under the 18th constitutional amendment. Overall the focus of legislation was education, women empowerment and the matters related to land and property.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: Only 11 percent of Election Officials’ Meetings held with Security Officials

Pre-U41/09-May-2013: This update is based on interviews with Returning Officers (ROs), District Returning Officers (DROs) and District Election Commissioners (DECs) between April 23 and 30, 2013, regarding their meetings with election stakeholders at district and constituency levels. These meetings are essential for security and logistical planning and to ensure transparency, efficiency and accountability in administration of the elections. The election officials who were interviewed reportedly held a total of 72 meetings with election stakeholders.

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 40% of Pre-election Complaints Yet to be Resolved

Pre-U39/07-May-2013: Free and Fair Election Network’s (FAFEN’s) District and Constituency Long-Term Observers (DLTOs and CLTOs) have been deployed across the country since February 2013. These long-term election observers collected data between April 23 and 29, 2013, about the number and status of pre-election complaints filed with the offices of Returning Officers (ROs), District Returning Officers (DROs) and District Election Commissioners (DECs).

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FAFEN’s Pre-Election Update: 830 Code Violations, including Controversial Speeches

Pre-U38/06-May -2013: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has deployed Constituency Long Term Observers (CLTOs) in every National Assembly constituency across the country to observe the pre-election campaign period. These CLTOs report violations of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Code of Conduct for Political Parties and Candidates, among other topics.

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