Shikarpur By-Election: Heightened Security Improves Enforcement, Undermines Transparency

ISLAMABAD, October 20, 2016: Notwithstanding the marked decrease in number of violations of law, the usual procedural irregularities of canvassing around polling stations, presence of unauthorized personnel inside polling premises, absence of arrangement facilitating women voters and curbs on observation continued to be reported from a number of polling stations established by ECP for by-election…

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National Assembly Addresses Long-Pending Minorities’ Agenda

Lawmakers lose opportunity to oversee Executive’s performance Joint Sitting of Parliament adopts resolution on Kashmir, passes anti-honour killing and anti-rape bills ISLAMABAD, October 07, 2016: The National Assembly addressed two long-standing issues of minorities during its 36th session. It legislated for the registration of marriages between persons of Hindu community and recommended the government to…

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253rd Session: Senate Takes Up Heavy Legislative Agenda

The Senate took up heavy agenda during eight sittings held between September 26, 2016 and October 7, 2016. It passed two bills, adopted seven resolutions, and witnessed introduction of 20 legislative proposals that were referred to the relevant committees. Passes Two Bills, Adopts Seven Resolutions With an average of 18% Senators present at the start…

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Sindh Assembly 27th Session: Governance, the most deliberated issue

22 Private Motions Seeking Amendments to Rules of Procedure Remain Unaddressed The Provincial Assembly of Sindh passed five treasury bills and adopted eight resolutions amid low attendance of lawmakers during its 27th session, while the issue of governance remained the most deliberated issue, followed by provincial development and law and order situation in the province.…

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34th Session: Balochistan Assembly Skips Question Hour, Disqualifies Minority Member

Leader of the Opposition, Parliamentary Leaders of BNP and NP Remain Absent Throughout the Session The Provincial Assembly of Balochistan passed two government bills and adopted four resolutions amid low attendance of lawmakers during its 34th session. The other highlights of the session include disqualification of a Minority Member and skipping of Question Hour due…

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Rawalpindi PP 7 by-polls: Instances of illegal campaigning increase

ISLAMABAD, September 26, 2016: Instances of illegal campaigning, canvassing, presence of unauthorized individuals inside polling premises and bar on observation were some of the major irregularities of Punjab constituency by-election held in PP-7 Rawalpindi-VII on Monday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). FAFEN observers were barred from observing the election processes at around five…

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Improved Enforcement of Election Laws Marks Sahiwal By-Election

FAFEN observers disallowed observation at 10% of polling stations Security forces barred FAFEN’s duly accredited representatives from observing the voting processes at 10 percent of the polling stations in the otherwise better managed by-election for the vacant National Assembly seat in Sahiwal (NA-162 Sahiwal-III) held on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). At…

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NA Session Marked by Politicking and Low Attendance

Private Members’ Agenda Becomes Victim of Absenteeism PPPP, ANP Parliamentary Leaders Attended all Six Sittings  ISLAMABAD, September 9, 2016: The National Assembly could not take up a considerable portion of its agenda during 35th session owing to low attendance and political tussle between treasury and opposition benches. The session began with a resolution against the…

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Senate’s 252nd Session: No Bills Passed, Two Resolutions Adopted

ISLAMABAD, September 9, 2016: The 252nd session of Senate concluded here on Friday without any legislation and adopted two supplementary resolutions on the agenda, says Free and Fair Elections Network in its session report. A total of 11 bills appeared on the agenda of which nine bills remained unaddressed, which included the Political  Parties Order…

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234 violations in low turnout PS-127 by-election

ISLAMABAD, September 8, 2016: FAFEN observers reported one incident each of violence and a polling station capture in the by-election held for PS-127 (Karachi-XXXIX) on Thursday which was marked by low voter turnout amid heavy presence of security. Illegal campaigning and canvassing and incidents of intimidation of voters by workers of a political party were…

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