ISLAMABAD, February 25, 2016: The National Assembly passed a government bill on Thursday during 10th sitting of 29th session, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).
Following are some key observations of the House proceeding:
Members’ Participation in House Proceedings
- The National Assembly met for three hours and 13 minutes.
- The sitting started at 1034 hours against its scheduled time of 1030 hours.
- The Speaker presided over the sitting for an hour and 56 minutes while the Deputy Speaker chaired the rest of the proceeding.
- The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition did not attend the sitting.
- Ten Federal Ministers attended the sitting.
- 24 MNAs (6%) were present at outset and 51(15%) at adjournment of the sitting.
- The parliamentary leaders of PkMAP, PML-Z, JI, ANP, QWP-S and APML were present.
- Seven minority members were present.
- The House passed the National University of Sciences and Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 with majority vote. Eight lawmakers debated the bill for 15 minutes.
- A member of the Standing Committee on Defence Production presented the Periodical Report of the committee. The report of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development & Reforms could not be presented due to absence of the concerned lawmaker.
Representation and Responsiveness
- The government orally responded to nine out of 39 starred questions appearing on the agenda. The lawmakers asked 11 supplementary questions as well.
- The government replied to two Calling Attention Notices regarding financial crisis of Pakistan Post and decline in the textile exports of the country.
Order and Institutionalization
- Lawmakers spoke on 19 points of order consuming 57 minutes of the proceeding.
- ‘Orders of the Day’ was available to the legislators, observers and public.
- The attendance of lawmakers is available on website of National Assembly.
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This daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the National Assembly proceeding conducted by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Errors and omissions are excepted.
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