FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 247th Session Report

The Senate passed six bills and adopted three resolutions during the 247th session held between April 14 and 22, 2016.The House adopted a resolution to count all those sessions which were discontinued after every constitutional suspension of the House since 1973.The reporting session, therefore, has been renumbered as 247th instead of 127th. With an average of 19%…

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A Tribute to Women Parliamentarians 2015 -16

Women form half of the population in Pakistan but their share in political and economic spheres is not proportionate to their numbers primarily due to cultural barriers that restrict their social and political participation. It was against this backdrop that women were given a 22 percent quota of seats in the Parliament and the Provincial…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 126th Session Report

ISLAMABAD, March 11, 2016: With an average of 16% Senators present at the start and 26% at the end of each sitting, the 126th session of Senate passed six bills and adopted ten resolutions, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The last session of 13th Parliamentary year comprising ten sittings, started on February 29…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 124th Session Report

The 124th Session of the Senate witnessed heated debate between the treasury and opposition lawmakers on issues of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and economic policy of the government. Spanning over three sittings from February 10 to February 12, it was the first session requisitioned by the Opposition during 13th parliamentary year. All three sittings started on time and…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 123rd Session Report

The Senate passed ten bills and adopted nine resolutions during its 123rd session. The debates on existence of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), Pakistan’s role in the 34-nation Saudi-led coalition, CPEC and the ban on Defence Minister to attend the proceeding of the Senate were other main highlights of this session. The session comprising ten sittings, started on January…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 122nd Session Report

Thirteenth Parliamentary year of Senate witnessed another longest session (122nd session) spanning over 13 sittings from December 14, 2015 to January 1, 2016. The heated debates between the ruling PML-N and Opposition parties mainly PPP were witnessed over various issues including controversial PIA Ordinance, National Action Plan, rejection of the Sindh government’s summary about curtailing…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 121st Session Report

The return of MQM lawmakers to the House after 11 weeks, debate on law and order, climate change challenges, economic issues and ISPR’s criticism on governance are the main highlights of the 10-sitting 121st session of the Upper House, starting from Nov2 and ending on Nov13, 2015. The Senators expressed their concerns on the China…

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 121st Session Attendance Report Card

The 121st Session of the Senate lasted 10 sittings. The session started on November 2 and ended on November 13, 2015. It was the fourth session since the Upper House of the Parliament started to share the attendance record of its members with general public. An unprecedented step towards transparency has already started to show improvement in the presence and participation of the Senators in proceeding of the Upper House – a prerequisite for any vibrant legislature that is responding to public aspirations and needs.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 120th Session Report

ISLAMABAD, October 14, 2015: With an average of 9% lawmakers present at the start and 27% at the end of each sitting, the 120th session of Senate passed four government bills and adopted seven resolutions, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session comprising seven sittings, started on October 5 and concluded on October 13, 2015. One sitting started on time while other started seven minutes behind the scheduled time and lasted three hour and 38 minutes on average.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 119th Session Report

ISLAMABAD, September 18, 2015: The 119th session of Senate was marked by low attendance of lawmakers during all five sittings, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session started on September 14 and was prorogued sine die on September 18, 2015 with almost all the sittings starting on scheduled time. On average, each sitting lasted three hours and 24 minutes with 19 (18%) lawmakers present at the outset and 26 (25%) at the time of adjournment.

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