FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 29th Session Report

The National Assembly passed three government bills, adopted five resolutions and discussed two Motions under Rule 259 during 29th session which was prorogued on Friday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its Parliament Monitor. The Prime Minister also visited the House once after three months. The session was requisitioned by the Opposition to discuss the matters…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 28th Session Report

The 28th session of the National Assembly commenced on January 1, 2016 – fifteen days earlier than it was scheduled – and spanned over 15 sittings, says Free and Fair Election Network in its Parliament Monitor. Except for two sittings, the proceeding of the National Assembly started within fifteen minutes of the scheduled time. This…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 27th Session Report

The 27th session of the National Assembly, spanning over 10 sittings, was the longest session during the last four months. Its highlights were the adoption of a resolution on the first anniversary of Army Public School attack in Peshawar, paying rich tribute to the martyrs and reaffirming national resolve against terrorism, besides holding key discussion on the performance of Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor National Assembly of Pakistan 26th Session Report

The National Assembly’s 26th Session, spanning over six sittings, showed marked improvement in smooth running of the House. The start of proceeding of the House was not delayed as much as it used to be during previous sessions. The private members’ business pending for more than two months was also taken up except where the…

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NA 25th session elects Speaker, passes three bills

The election on the vacant seat of the National Assembly’s Speaker remained the highlight during its 25th session that started on November 6, 2015 and was concluded on November 11, 2015. Members of the National Assembly elected Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as Speaker with majority vote during second sitting of the session. Mr. Sadiq had previously served as Speaker of the National Assembly from June 3, 2013 to August 22, 2015.

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NA Session: 12 Bills Passed, Nine Resolutions Adopted amid Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, August 13, 2015: The 24th session of the National Assembly was marked by the passage of twelve government bills and adoption of nine resolutions as the House continued to witness low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session, comprising 14 sittings, started on July 27 and was prorogued on August 13, 2015. On average, each sitting started 32 minutes behind the schedule and lasted three hours and four minutes.

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11% Legislators Take Part in Debate on Political Situation in Pakistan

The third Joint Session of the Parliament was called on September 2, 2014 to discuss the current political situation in wake of Islamabad dharnas by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against the alleged rigging in General Elections 2013 and by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) against the killing of its workers in Model Town Lahore. Under pressure by protests and amid potential risks to the stability of the system, the session was convened at the joint request of treasury and opposition parties with the purpose of demonstrating of political unity for the continuity of the democratic system.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor: National Assembly of Pakistan, 8th Session, January 27- February 7. 2014

The National Assembly’s eighth session was marked by the contentious passage of two government- backed anti-terrorism bills and the extension of terms of anti-terrorism ordinances amidst protests by the opposition benches. The long-awaited arrival of the Prime Minister and low interest of lawmakers in terms of attendance and participation was also witnessed, says Free and Fair Election Network in its report based on direct observation.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor: National Assembly of Pakistan 7th Session, December 05-20. 2013

Increasing direct representation of religious minorities was proposed in a bill seeking constitutional amendments in the seventh session of the National Assembly, otherwise marked by protests and boycotts against the Interior Minister’s ‘un-parliamentary’ remarks when the opposition aired reservations regarding voting procedures in the 2013 general elections as well as planned moves by the government to privatize institutions like the Pakistan International Airlines, NADRA etc., says Free and Fair Election Network in its session report based on the direct observation of the Lower House. The session saw the introduction of a private member bill which sought amendments in articles 51 and 106 of the constitution to increase the number of seats for religious minorities in the federal and provincial legislatures, and for direct elections to these seats. At present, members of religious minorities are elected to the House indirectly, through a party list system.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor: National Assembly of Pakistan 6th Session, November 04-12. 2013

Low interest of the members in participation and addressing agenda items was observed in the sixth session of the National Assembly, says Free and Fair Election Network in its session report based on the direct observation of the proceedings of the Lower House. The sixth session of the National Assembly continued the trend of fifth session of leaving more than half of the agenda unaddressed, low attendance of members, absence of Prime Minister and no passage of legislation.

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