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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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National Assembly Paves Way for Polls; Passes Elections Bill 2017

Lower House elects Prime Minister during 44th session Passes another important bill to protect the interest of whistleblowers ISLAMABAD, August 23, 2017: The National Assembly passed the Elections Bill, 2017 and elected 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan during 44th session held between August 1, 2017 and August 22, 2017, says FAFEN in its session report.…

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Young MPs Sponsor 51 Legislative Proposals during 4th Parliamentary Year

ISLAMABAD, August 11, 2017: The young lawmakers in the National Assembly actively participated in the House business by sponsoring 51 legislative proposals, 19 resolutions, 57 Calling Attention Notices (CANs), and asking 545 questions for the oversight of the government during fourth parliamentary year. In connection with the International Youth Day, the Free and Fair Election…

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5th Budget Session: Lawmakers’ Participation in Fiscal Discussion Declines

Duration of Budget Session Curtailed More Than 50 Percent This Year 11 Lawmakers Remain Absent throughout the Session ISLAMABAD, June 15, 2017: The National Assembly passed the Federal Budget for the Financial Year 2017-18 during its 43rd session that spanned over 15 sittings. It was the fifth budget of the ruling party during the term…

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Attendance, Participation of Lawmakers Decline in National Assembly

National Assembly passes 11 Private Members’ Bills Considerable improvement seen in committees’ output PM attends six, Leader of the Opposition 63 sittings No participation by 69 lawmakers throughout fourth parliamentary year ISLAMABAD, June 3, 2017: The 14th National Assembly registered a decline in the attendance and participation of lawmakers in the House proceedings during the…

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