FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan 117th Session Report

ISLAMABAD, July 30, 2015: Seven bills were and passed and two resolutions adopted while the House continued to witness low attendance of the lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session spanned over five sittings, started on July 6 and was prorogued sine die on July 10. The session lasted for a total of 15 hours and 15 minutes. On average, each sitting started two minutes behind the schedule with 15 members present at the outset and 36 at the end.

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Senate Continues Debate on Finance Bill

ISLAMABAD, June 15, 2015: The Senate continued to debate the Finance Bill 2015 on Monday as the House witnessed low attendance of lawmakers, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Fourteen members (13%) were present at the start of the sitting and 30 (29%) at the time of adjournment. Six lawmakers – two from PML-N,…

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Senate Sets Precedent for Punctuality

ISLAMABAD, April 21, 2015: The 114th session of the Senate witnessed a marked improvement in parliamentary business as the House strictly followed the schedule and witnessed a considerable decrease in misuse of points of order (POs). The session, comprising seven sittings, started on April 6 and concluded on April 20, 2015 – with all the sittings starting on time.

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Low Attendance Persists in Senate

ISLAMABAD, April 16, 2015: The Senate continued to witness low attendance on Thursday as the House passed the Securities Bill 2015 to amend and consolidate laws regulating the securities industry, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started at its scheduled time with 28 legislators (27%) present at the start and 38 (37%)…

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