ISLAMABAD, April 28 2014: The Balochistan Assembly discussed priorities of the government with regard to preservation of forest and protection of wildlife in the province during 4th sitting of its 9th session on Monday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet.
Fourteen legislators -PkMAP (8), PML-N and NP (two each) and one each from JUI-F and ANP – participated in the debate for two hours and six minutes.
Provincial Minister for Law tabled Balochistan Public Service Commission Annual Report 2012. Female lawmaker of NP presented House Committee Report which was endorsed by the House.
The House postponed discussion on the government priorities till next sitting regarding Health and Education in the proposed budget 2014-15.
Following are some key observations of the proceedings:
Members’ Participation in House Proceedings
- The Balochistan Assembly met for four hours and 13 minutes.
- The sitting started at 1628 hours against the scheduled time of 1600 hours, witnessing a delay of 28 minutes.
- The House had a prayer break of 48 minutes.
- Twenty-seven members were present at the outset while 16 were there at the adjournment of the sitting.
- Deputy Speaker chaired the entire sitting.
- The Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition did not attend the sitting.
- The parliamentary leaders of PkMAP, ANP and PML were present.
- Two members applied for leave.
- Two minority members were present during the sitting.
- Provincial Minister for Law tabled Balochistan Public Service Commission Annual Report 2012.
- Female lawmaker of NP presented House Committee Report which was endorsed by the House.
Representation and Responsiveness
- Fourteen legislators – PkMAP (8), PML-N and NP (two each) and one each from JUI-F and ANP – participated in the debate regarding priorities of the government for preservation of forest and protection of wildlife in the province.
Order and Institutionalization
- Lawmakers spoke on six points of order consuming 12 minutes of the proceedings.
- ‘Orders of the Day’ was available to the legislators, observers and others.
- Information on legislators’ attendance was not available to the observers and the public.
The Daily Factsheet is based on direct observation of Balochistan Assembly proceedings conducted by Center for Peace and Development (CPD), a Member organization of FAFEN
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