Punjab Assembly: 34 Lawmakers Participate in Budget Discussion

ISLAMABAD, October 26, 2018: As many as 34 out of 370 (10%) sitting lawmakers participated in the general discussion on budget 2018-19 held during the third session of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Session Report.

The ruling party PTI presented its first provincial budget during first sitting of the session amidst opposition parties’ protest. The lawmakers belonging to PML-N kept interrupting the Minister for Finance during entire length (36 minutes) of his speech. The protesting lawmakers also gathered in front of the Speaker’s dais and tore the official documents of the budget. The Speaker suspended the membership of six protesting lawmakers for violating the decorum of the House and barred their entry in the precincts of the Assembly till the completion of investigations against them. Read more

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Lawmakers Disinterest Marks Punjab Assembly’s 35th session

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2018: Lack of interest of provincial lawmakers in proceedings marked the 35th session of Punjab Assembly, which passed one private member’s as well as two government bills and witnessed the introduction of nine legislative proposals.

The session, comprising seven sittings, started on April 26, 2018 and concluded on May 7, 2018. The cumulative duration of the sittings was 11 hours and 27 minutes as each sitting, on average, witnessed a delay of an hour and 46 minutes from its starting time and continued for an hour and 38 minutes.

The lack of quorum persisted during the first five sittings and it was pointed out for seven times. Four sittings had to be adjourned due to the presence of less than 25% (93) lawmakers in the House while the required number was found complete twice after the customary bells were rung for five minutes. One instance was such when the quorum was found complete after suspension of the proceedings for 40 minutes.Read More >>

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Punjab Assembly Leaves 51% Agenda Unaddressed during 32nd Session

Punjab Assembly Leaves 51% Agenda Unaddressed during 32nd Session

Six out of 11 sittings adjourned due to lack of quorum ISLAMABAD, November 2, 2017: The Punjab Assembly left 51% of its scheduled business unaddressed due to low attendance and treasury’s disinterest during 32nd session. The House took up 88 percent bills, 55 percent resolutions, thirty-three discussions and only six percent Adjournment Motions during the proceedings.…

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Treasury Manages to Get Elections Bill Passed from Senate

Opposition fails to take advantage of its strength as House rejects crucial amendments in the Bill ISLAMABAD, September 26, 2017: The outgoing session of the Senate was concluded with a major breakthrough for the treasury members who succeeded in getting the Elections Bill, 2017 passed after rejecting crucial amendment of the opposition to put a…

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Punjab Assembly: 79% Lawmakers Abstain from Budget Debate

Punjab Assembly: 79% Lawmakers Abstain from Budget Debate

Chief Minister attends three out of 10 sittings 84% of PML-N and 44% of PTI members remain silent during budget debate PML-N Government presents 10th consecutive budget in Punjab Lack of quorum disrupts House proceedings seven times ISLAMABAD, June 16, 2017: Most of the lawmakers did not take part in the general discussion during the…

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Five-Sitting Session Transacts Less Than 50 Percent Business

The 28th session of the Punjab Assembly was the shortest session during the fourth parliamentary year ending this month. The Assembly has so far held seven sessions comprising 66 sittings and completed 90 Working Days. However, the Assembly constitutionally requires to meet for at least 100 working days during a parliamentary year. The government presented…

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Low Attendance, Delay in Sittings Mark Punjab Assembly’s 27th Session

ISLAMABAD, March 22, 2017: The Punjab Assembly witnessed low attendance throughout 27th session with the Chief Minister staying away from the proceedings for the consecutive fifth session. Among other important parliamentary figures, the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and the Leader of the Opposition attended nine, three and six out of 11 sittings, respectively. On average, 87…

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Punjab Assembly Faces Quorum Syndrome, Hasty Legislation

Chief Minister Absent from Proceedings Since Last Four Sessions ISLAMABAD, February 12, 2017: Punjab Assembly’s 26th session was marked by lack of quorum, hasty legislation and treasury’s disinterest in lawmakers’ adjournment motions on public importance matters. The opposition lawmakers pointed out the absence of quorum 17 times during the session that spanned over 14 sittings. Three…

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Lawmakers Disinterest Marks Punjab Assembly’s 25th session

Chief Minister absent from House since June 24, 2016 Six out of eight sittings adjourned due to lack of quorum ISLAMABAD, December 9, 2016: Lack of interest of provincial lawmakers in proceedings marked the 25th session of Punjab Assembly, which passed seven government bills and witnessed introduction of one legislative proposal. The session continued for…

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Punjab Assembly Ignores Most of Oversight Agenda

Chief Minister Absent from Proceedings Since Last Two Sessions  The lawmakers’ interventions on government oversight suffered a setback during 24th session of the Punjab Assembly that focused on treasury’s legislation alone. The Provincial Assembly passed nine government bills while the Adjournment Motions, Calling Attention Notices and Questions received cold shoulder from the treasury as well…

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