NA Second Session: 66 Legislators Participate in Budget Discussion

ISLAMABAD, October 4, 2018: Nearly one-fifth of the National Assembly legislators (66) took part in discussion on the supplementary budget, first budget of the incumbent federal government, passed during second session of 15th National Assembly. Of 17 hours and 17 minutes allocated for budget discussion, around two-third (ten hours and 46 minutes) was given to…

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15th National Assembly Profile

15th National Assembly Profile

ISLAMABAD, August 16, 2018: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has released the Profile of 15th National Assembly (NA), which was sworn in on August 13, 2018. Currently, there are 330 members in the House. As many as nine seats have been vacated by the legislators who had won more than one seat in GE-2018. Moreover, two general seats are vacant due to postponement of the election while a woman-reserved seat of KP is also vacant. The incumbent Assembly has a representation of 12 political parties as compared to 18 parties represented in the previous Assembly. Additionally, there are four independent legislators in the House.

This report is based on information contained in Form B and Affidavits as annexed to the Nomination Papers submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan by the candidates for General Election 2018. Read More >>

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FAFEN Releases Digitized Asset Details of Former Lawmakers

FAFEN Releases Digitized Asset Details of Former Lawmakers

ISLAMABAD, June 30, 2018: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), which is supported by the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA), released a report on the digitized details of the assets and liabilities of the former Members of the 14th National Assembly, on Saturday.

The declaration of the assets and liabilities was obligatory for all lawmakers at the time of nomination as well as annually after their election under Sections 12(2)(f) and 42-A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 (which has now been replaced with the Elections Act, 2017). The statements, submitted by the end of September each year, contained details of the assets owned by the lawmakers, their spouses and their dependents. The statements are then published in the official gazette for public information. Read More >>

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Foreign Affairs, Terrorism, CPEC Consume Eight Percent of 14th NA Agenda

Foreign Affairs, Terrorism, CPEC Consume Eight Percent of 14th NA Agenda

ISLAMABAD, Jun 27, 2018: The 14th National Assembly dedicated almost eight percent of its agenda to matters concerning foreign affairs, anti-terrorism and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during its five-year term that concluded on May 31, 2018. The House preferred the government-sponsored and supplementary business items over private lawmakers’ interventions over these issues, says a press release issued by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday.

Pakistan witnessed crucial foreign relation challenges during last five years, including increasing tensions with neighbouring India and Afghanistan, various conflicts in the Muslim world, and strained ties with the United States (US) amidst warming relationship with Russia and the development of CPEC. Despite the urgency warranted by many of these issues, the government avoided proactive deliberation on foreign affairs in the National Assembly. In fact, some efforts by private lawmakers, particularly by opposition members, to take up these issues in the House were stalled. Read More >>

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14th National Assembly Ends with Legislative Distinction

ISLAMABAD, June 01, 2018: Despite political controversies in the past five years, the 14th National Assembly took up an unprecedented legislative agenda by approving 205 bills as compared to 134 and 51 bills passed by 13th and 12th National Assemblies during their five-year terms, respectively.

The House approved several important pieces of legislation, including five constitutional amendments during 56 sessions comprising 495 sittings, that provided for setting up military courts for an initial period of two years and their subsequent extension for another two years, reallocation of National Assembly seats among federating units on the basis of fresh census results, electoral reforms and the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Elections Act, 2017, which reformed and consolidated the erstwhile eight separate election laws of the country, also saw light of the day during the term of the 14th Assembly. Read More >>

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National Assembly: Legislators’ Attendance Trend Declines in Five Years

National Assembly: Legislators’ Attendance Trend Declines in Five Years

ISLAMABAD, April 8, 2018: The average attendance per sitting of National Assembly (NA) legislators declined by 13% over the last five years. Analysis of attendance patterns suggests a link of the falling attendance rate with weak enforcement of parliamentary rules of procedure and general disinterest among political leaders to participate in parliamentary business. The annual average attendance per sitting declined from 222 (65%) legislators during the first year to 193 (56%) legislators during the fifth year. Similarly, session-wise attendance average fell from 311 (91%) per sitting during the first session in June 2013 to 192 (56%) in the last NA session that was prorogued sine die in March 2018.

According to the official records, each NA sitting was attended by an average of 60% legislators. Only five sittings were attended by 301 or more legislators, while 42 sittings were attended by 251 to 300 legislators. A total of 212 sittings had an attendance between 201 and 250 legislators, 174 had an attendance between 151 to 200 legislators, 33 had an attendance between 101 and 150 legislators while two sittings were attended by less than 100 legislators. The attendance also fluctuated on various weekdays. The average attendance on midweek days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) is higher than the first and last working days of the week (Monday and Friday). Read More >>

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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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Treasury, Opposition Lock Horns over FATA Reforms Bill

Treasury, Opposition Lock Horns over FATA Reforms Bill

None of the sittings could commence on scheduled time Opposition stages walk out in nine sittings Islamabad, December 21, 2017: The National Assembly could not address its scheduled business during 50th session that ended on December 21, 2017. The eleven-sitting session had five government bills and heavy Private Members’ business on the agenda. Four government bills were…

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Marked Improvement Witnessed in National Assembly’s Proceedings

73% of Agenda Addressed during 47th Session Important Laws on Elections and Right to Information Passed Private Member’s Bill on Organ Transplantation Approved ISLAMABAD, October 12, 2017: The National Assembly transacted 73% of the scheduled business during its 47th session while the proceedings marked an improvement with regards to the quorum and the attendance of…

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National Assembly Leaves 38% Agenda Unaddressed during 46th session

Five sittings adjourned due to lack of quorum The Right of Access to Information Bill remains pending ISLAMABAD, September 25, 2017: The National Assembly left its 38% agenda unaddressed amidst low attendance of lawmakers and frequent adjournments due to lack of quorum during 46th session, observes the Free and Fair Election Network in its session report…

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