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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Punjab Assembly Heavy on Legislation, Light on Public Importance Issues

Low attendance of lawmakers keeps haunting Provincial Assembly Leader of the House (Chief Minister) did not attend any of the sittings The 23rd session of the Punjab Assembly remained productive in terms of legislation but it completely ignored the public importance issues highlighted by the lawmakers. The House transacted a heavy legislative agenda amidst the…

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Curbs on Observation in NA-63 Jhelum-II by-election

Heavy presence of security personnel observed inside polling stations  Incidents of violations decreased significantly under ECP officials ISLAMABAD, August 31, 2016: Security officials barred duly accredited FAFEN election observers from observing nearly 10 percent of the polling stations in the by-election for NA-63 (Jhelum-II) held on Wednesday. However, the observation was allowed in the by-election…

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Local Government Election 2015 Observation Findings & Recommendations

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) established a total of 63,860 polling stations for the Local Government elections 2015 that were held in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Sindh. FAFEN was able to observe 14,050 (22 percent) of these polling stations – 8,318 in Punjab, 3,212 in Sindh, 2,334 in KP and 186 in ICT. The observers recorded 139,127 irregularities and illegalities in the observed polling stations – averaging 10 violations per polling station. The scope of observation was divided into themes and distinct indicators.

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Orderly, Peaceful Jacobabad By-Election Witnesses Low Turnout

ISLAMABAD, August 20, 2016: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) effectively curtailed otherwise commonly found party camps around polling stations to curb illegal campaigning and canvassing in a low-turnout by-election held on a Sindh Assembly constituency in Jacobabad (PS-14) on Saturday. The party camps that were established before start of the poll were removed by…

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NA Ignores Private Members’ Agenda; Passes Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill

Low Attendance of Lawmakers Continue; Legislators Take Up Number of Human Rights Issues Prime Minister Attends One Sitting; PTI Chairman Remains Absent Throughout the Session ISLAMABAD, August 19, 2016: The National Assembly passed important government legislation, including the much-debated Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016 and left out most of the Private Members’ agenda during…

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Relatively low incidence of violations observed in DG Khan by-election

ISLAMABAD, August 18, 2016: The by-election for a Punjab Assembly constituency in Dera Ghazi Khan (PP-240) held on Thursday was better managed and largely peaceful. FAFEN observers reported four violations of laws, rules and codes of conduct on an average per polling station as compared to recently held by-elections in three constituencies of Sindh where…

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KP Assembly suspends rules to accommodate non-agenda items

ISLAMABAD, August 18, 2016: The 20th session of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly witnessed low attendance of lawmakers and less interest in submitting agenda items as certain rules were suspended several times to accommodate non-agenda items, especially the resolutions, says a press statement issued by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Thursday. The House…

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