15th Parliamentary Year: Senate Stands for Parliamentary Supremacy, Intra-Institutional Dialogue

15th Parliamentary Year: Senate Stands for Parliamentary Supremacy, Intra-Institutional Dialogue

ISLAMABAD, March 11, 2018: During the fifteenth Parliamentary Year ending in March 11, 2018, the Senate set outstanding benchmarks of punctuality, efficiency and responsiveness, critically intervening in issues of national importance through quality debates and impactful legislation. Under the visionary leadership of the outgoing Chairman Raza Rabbani, the House of Federation contributed towards consolidation of…

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Women MPs Contribute 39% Parliamentary Business during 2017-18

Women MPs Contribute 39% Parliamentary Business during 2017-18

Women legislators attend 67% NA sittings and 64% Senate sittings PML-N’s Kiran Haider remains most regular lawmaker by attending 100 percent NA sittings, while PkMAP’s Gul Bushra attends 92 out of 100 Senate sittings Muddasir Sehar Kamran, Sherry Rehman and Rubina Khalid sponsor highest number of resolutions in Senate Aisha Syed sponsors eight while Shireen…

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Code Violations Go Unchecked in Ghotki By-election

Code Violations Go Unchecked in Ghotki By-election

GHOTKI, March 5, 2018: Violations of code of conduct and unchecked campaigning and canvassing, marred the otherwise peaceful by-election for the Sindh Assembly seat in Ghotki (PS-7 Ghotki-III) that was held on March 5, 2018, says the Free and Fair Election’s (FAFEN) observation report. The seat had fallen vacant following the death of Pakistan Peoples…

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Enforcement lapses Allow Procedural Irregularities in Sargodha By-Election

Enforcement lapses Allow Procedural Irregularities in Sargodha By-Election

SARGODHA, March 4, 2018: Procedural irregularities and weak enforcement of electoral laws characterized an otherwise peaceful but low turnout by-election of the Punjab Assembly seat in Sargodha (PP-30 Sargodha-III) that was held on March 4, 2018, says the Free and Fair Election’s (FAFEN) observation report. The by-election was necessitated due to the death of Pakistan…

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Senate Passes Six Bills, Seven Resolutions during 273rd Session

Senate Passes Six Bills, Seven Resolutions during 273rd Session

ISLAMABAD, February 23, 2018: The Senate passed five private members’ bills and a government bill during the 273rd session that continued between February 12, 2018 and February 23, 2018. The session comprising 10 sittings also adopted seven resolutions and took up eight Calling Attention Notices (CANs). With an average of 9% Senators present at the start and 16% at…

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Procedural Irregularities in Relatively Low Turnout Lodhran By-Election

ISLAMABAD, February 12, 2018: Unchecked campaigning and canvassing and suspicious voting patterns mark the NA-154 by-election that remained peaceful amidst heavy presence of security personnel inside and outside polling stations, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Thursday. On average, 2.7 violations of electoral laws, rules and codes of conduct per polling station were…

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Illegal Canvassing, Lack of Critical Election Materials Mark PP-20 By-Election

Illegal Canvassing, Lack of Critical Election Materials Mark PP-20 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, January 09, 2018: Despite an improved legal and regulatory framework, electoral irregularities, procedural violations and weak enforcement characterized the low-turnout by-election of PP-20 Chakwal-I held on Tuesday, which otherwise remained peaceful, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). This was the first by-election held under the Elections Act, 2017 which came into force in…

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FAFEN to Observe Chakwal By-Election with 48 Trained Citizen-Observers

FAFEN to Observe Chakwal By-Election with 48 Trained Citizen-Observers

ISLAMABAD January 8, 2017: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) will observe the PP-20 Chakwal-I by-election which will be conducted under the new Elections Act, 2017 on January 9, 2018. This Provincial Assembly seat fell vacant on October 30, 2017 due to the death of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) Chaudhry Liaquat Ali Khan During…

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Delimitation Bill Finally Sails Through Senate

Delimitation Bill Finally Sails Through Senate

Eight-sitting session adopts five resolutions, passes four government bills The Senate adopted five resolutions and passed four government bills, including the delimitation bill that provides for reallocation of National Assembly’s seats among the federating units, during its eight-sitting 271st session. The Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 was passed on December 19, 2017 after getting clearance from…

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