FAFEN Parliament Monitor Provincial Assembly of Sindh 28th Session Report

Sindh Assembly Passes Three Bills, Adopts Nine Resolutions ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh passed three bills including the legislation to protect minority rights by imposing restrictions on underage conversion of the religion and adopted nine resolutions on various subjects amid low attendance of lawmakers during its 28th session. The demand for implementation on laws…

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Irregularities, Illegalities Surge in PP-78 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, December 1, 2016: A relatively higher incidence of procedural irregularities characterized the by-election for PP-78 (Jhang-II) held on Thursday amid a heavy deployment of security forces, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). FAFEN observers reported rampant incidents of campaigning and canvassing near polling premises, presence of unauthorized persons inside polling stations, curbs on…

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Karachi Sees Peaceful But Lackluster By-Election in NA-258

ECP improves training of security staff, enhances monitoring ISLAMABAD, November 28, 2016: Large-scale deployment of police and Rangers ensured peaceful conduct of by-election in NA-258 (Malir, Karachi-XX) amid lack of political interest and low voter turnout, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Alleging interference by the PP-led provincial government, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf…

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255th Session: Senate Takes Up Heavy Legislative Agenda

Passes Six Govt Bills; Adopts Eight Resolutions; Prime Minister Remains Absent from All Six Sittings ISLAMABAD: The Senate took up heavy legislative agenda during six sittings held between November 18, 2016 and November 25, 2016, as it passed six bills, adopted eight resolutions, and witnessed introduction of eight legislative proposals that were referred to the…

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Treasury Introduces Govt. Oversight Amendments in Balochistan Assembly

Assembly passes legislative proposal to protect children from violence during 35th Session Lawmakers call for equal rights for minority employees The Provincial Assembly of Balochistan witnessed introduction of important amendments to the Rules of Procedure and adoption of eight resolutions on various issues, including provision of equal rights for minorities working in government departments, says…

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Punjab Assembly Ignores Most of Oversight Agenda

Chief Minister Absent from Proceedings Since Last Two Sessions  The lawmakers’ interventions on government oversight suffered a setback during 24th session of the Punjab Assembly that focused on treasury’s legislation alone. The Provincial Assembly passed nine government bills while the Adjournment Motions, Calling Attention Notices and Questions received cold shoulder from the treasury as well…

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

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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