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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International Youth Day: Young lawmakers remain active in legislative business

ISLAMABAD, August 12, 2016: Young parliamentarians in the National Assembly actively participated in legislative business and contributed to house agenda to address critical issues through various parliamentary tools including legislation, resolutions, motions and Calling Attention Notices (CANs). In connection with the International Youth Day, the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) released a report on…

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NA Skips Business due to Lack of Quorum

House offers prayers on demise of renowned cricketer Hanif Mohammad ISLAMABAD, August 12, 2016: The National Assembly could not take up any agenda item appearing on the ‘List of Business’ of the House due to lack of quorum on Friday. The Speaker, Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition did not attend the…

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Monthly Magazine Aiwan-e-Aam – July 2016

پاکستان کے پہلے پارلیمانی میگزین ایوان عام کا تازہ ترین شمارہ حاضر ہے ۔ اس شمارے میں آپ کے پڑھنے کیلئے پارلیمان اور صوبائی اسمبلیوں کے بجٹ و عام اجلاسوں کی روداد ، اراکین کے رویئے اورگزشتہ تین پارلیمانی سالوں کے دوران ایوان زیریں کے اراکین کی حاضری پر خصوصی رپورٹس ہیں ۔

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Deputy Speaker slot lying vacant for seven months

Balochistan PA Takes Up Issues of Public Interest Session marked by low attendance of lawmakers The Balochistan Assembly debated critical issues of energy, governance, health and agriculture during its 31st session and adopted four resolutions to bring about improvement in these sectors, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Session Report based on…

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Senate’s 250th Session: Six Bills Passed, 10 Resolutions Adopted

PM remains absent during entire session Senate’s representation in PAC ensured through amendment House rejects National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2015 The Senate passed long-awaited Prevention of Electronics Crimes Bill 2016 during its 250th session held between July 18 and 29, 2016. In addition, the Upper House also carried a motion to insert new rule in…

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