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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Punjab Assembly Heavy on Legislation, Light on Public Importance Issues

Low attendance of lawmakers keeps haunting Provincial Assembly Leader of the House (Chief Minister) did not attend any of the sittings The 23rd session of the Punjab Assembly remained productive in terms of legislation but it completely ignored the public importance issues highlighted by the lawmakers. The House transacted a heavy legislative agenda amidst the…

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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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