FAFEN Parliament Monitor Provincial Assembly of Punjab 20th Session Report

Punjab Assembly passed 11 bills, adopted 14 resolutions and held Pre-Budget discussion during 20th session that continued from March 30 to April 15, 2016. The session started a day after the terrorist attack in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore and also coincided with the revelations in Panama Leaks about Prime Ministers’ offshore family businesses. The House took…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Provincial Assembly of Punjab 19th Session Report

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab Assembly passed 20 bills and adopted 17 resolutions during its 19th session, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its session report. The session, comprising 21 sittings, started on January 29, 2016 and concluded on February 26, 2016. On average, each sitting started 77 minutes behind the schedule and lasted two…

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Punjab PA Session Marked by Low Interest of Lawmakers

ISLAMABAD, September 9, 2015: The 16th session of the Punjab Assembly was marked by low attendance of lawmakers as the House witnessed passage of one and introduction of eleven government bills, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session, comprising ten sittings, started on August 26, 2015 and concluded on September 8, 2015. On average, each sitting started 95 minutes behind the schedule and lasted an hour and 36 minutes.

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Lack of Interest Marks 10th Session of Punjab Assembly

ISLAMABAD, October 29, 2014: The Punjab Assembly passed seven bills, adopted nine resolutions and took up four Calling Attention Notices (CANs) as low attendance and lack of interest by members marred its 10th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its preliminary report based on direct observation of the Punjab Assembly. On average, the session witnessed low attendance as 40 members (11% of the total members of 367) were present at the outset and 47 (13%) at the adjournment of each sitting.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor: 5th Session Provincial Assembly of Punjab (November 29, 2013 – December 13, 2013)

Some positive steps were taken to enhance citizen’s access to information in the Punjab Assembly in addition to amendments to existing laws during the fifth session. The session was otherwise marked by low interest of members in terms of attendance and participation, says Free and Fair Election Network in its session report based on the direct observation of the session. The Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Bill 2013, which mandates government departments to ensure the provision of information to the citizens was passed in addition to ten amendments to existing laws.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor – 4th Session Provincial Assembly of Punjab Report

The fourth session of Punjab Assembly was marked by passage of six bills including the Local Government Bill 2013 amid protests and walkouts, says FAFEN Parliament Monitor – 4th Session Provincial Assembly of Punjab report. The session also witnessed the passage of opposition-backed resolution against drone attacks. Thirty-eight legislators debated the local government bill in…

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Provincial Assembly of the Punjab: Annual Report 2012 – 2013

As the Punjab Assembly grappled with the question of creating new provinces in the fifth parliamentary year, it passed bills to set up universities and curtail the trend of protracted litigation in disposing of land cases as part of the reforms package the provincial government announced for women, besides adopting the federal laws on the subjects devolved to the provinces under the 18th constitutional amendment. Overall the focus of legislation was education, women empowerment and the matters related to land and property.

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Provincial Assembly of the Punjab: Annual Report 2011 – 2012

Amid national security concerns, poor law and order situation within the province, and demands for new provinces, the Punjab Assembly met for eight sessions between September 2011 and May 2012. Amendments to federal level laws to suit provincial needs were a high priority on the agenda in the post -18th constitutional amendment scenario. The proceedings were marked by frequent tussles between…

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