Political Parties’ Petitions with Election Tribunals – October 2013 Update

Only One-fourth (95 of 373) post-election petitions have been decided by the Election Tribunals by October 31, 2013 with Election Tribunals falling behind the legally stipulated time of 120 days for the disposal of a petition in at least 18 cases. The election results were officially notified on May 22 after which the candidates had the time (45 days) until July 6 to submit petitions with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). There were 14 tribunals constituted across the country to redress election-related complaints by the contesting candidates. The commission received 406 petitions in all.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor – 100 Days of 14th National Assembly of Pakistan

The 14th National Assembly took oath on June 1, 2013 after a landmark smooth and democratically managed transfer of power. Despite allegations of rigging and irregularities in the May 11 elections, the transition of power remained august as the newly-elected members took oath indicating at the increasing maturity that political organization had achieved, strengthening democracy. The oath-taking of members was followed by the election of the Speaker in a triangular contest that clearly established the majority of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) in the National Assembly.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor – Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 4th Session, September 10-18, 2013

The fourth session of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly witnessed the introduction of a bill on right to information, providing for setting up a powerful Information Commission and protecting the whistleblowers against legal, administrative or employment related sanction for releasing information on wrongdoing. The House also unanimously adopted a resolution to condemn the suicide attacks on…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor – 6th Session Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa October 7-11, 2013

The sixth session of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly witnessed the introduction of two important government bills on the local government system and the establishment of an accountability commission, amidst government and opposition walkouts. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Bill, 2013 provides for holding the local government elections on party basis at district and tehsil council…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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