Punjab Assembly: 34 Lawmakers Participate in Budget Discussion

ISLAMABAD, October 26, 2018: As many as 34 out of 370 (10%) sitting lawmakers participated in the general discussion on budget 2018-19 held during the third session of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Session Report.

The ruling party PTI presented its first provincial budget during first sitting of the session amidst opposition parties’ protest. The lawmakers belonging to PML-N kept interrupting the Minister for Finance during entire length (36 minutes) of his speech. The protesting lawmakers also gathered in front of the Speaker’s dais and tore the official documents of the budget. The Speaker suspended the membership of six protesting lawmakers for violating the decorum of the House and barred their entry in the precincts of the Assembly till the completion of investigations against them. Read more

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KP Assembly Approves Supplementary Budget

ISLAMABAD, October 26, 2018: The Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa approved the Supplementary Budget for 2017-2018 on Friday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Following are some key observations of the House proceedings during ninth sitting of third session: Members’ Participation The Assembly met for three hours and 52 minutes while the proceedings remained…

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KP Assembly Discusses Supplementary Budget

ISLAMABAD, October 25, 2018: The Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa discussed the supplementary budget and passed a resolution against laying off of media workers, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Thursday. Following are some key observations of the House proceedings during eighth sitting of third session: Members’ Participation The Assembly met for two…

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Punjab Assembly Passes Finance Bill Sans Opposition

ISLAMABAD, October 25, 2018: The Provincial Assembly of Punjab was prorogued on Thursday after the passage of the Finance Bill, 2018, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during sixth (last) sitting of the third (budget) session: Members’ Participation The Assembly met for…

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KP Assembly Passes Finance Bill 2018

ISLAMABAD, October 24, 2018: The Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa approved the Finance Bill 2018 on Wednesday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Following are some key observations of the House proceedings during seventh sitting of third session: Members’ Participation The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly met for four hours and 10 minutes. The sitting started…

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Finance Minister Concludes Budget Debate in Punjab Assembly

ISLAMABAD, October 24, 2018: The Provincial Assembly of Punjab concluded the general discussion on annual budget for the year 2018-2019, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on Wednesday. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during fifth sitting of the third (budget) session: Members’ Participation The Assembly met for…

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KP Assembly Approves 104 Billion for Six Govt. Departments

ISLAMABAD, October 23, 2018: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly voted on six Demands for Grants (DoG), approving around 104 billion rupees for various government departments, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Tuesday. Following are some key observations of the House proceedings during sixth sitting of the third session: Members’ Participation The Assembly met for…

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Punjab Assembly Condemns Hashmi’s Remarks about Military

ISLAMABAD, October 23, 2018: The Provincial Assembly of Punjab passed a resolution on Tuesday against a controversial statement by PML-N leader Nihal Hashmi about military’s role in national development, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. Following are key observations of the House proceedings during fourth sitting of the third (budget)…

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Turn-out Drop, Low Incidence of Irregularities Mark By-Elections

Turn-out Drop, Low Incidence of Irregularities Mark By-Elections

ISLAMABAD, October 22, 2018: A perplexing drop in voters’ turnout characterizes an otherwise well-managed by-elections held in one national and two provincial assembly constituencies on October 21, 2018, warranting an urgent attention of political parties to address the dwindling public interest in the electoral process, which remained high only three months ago during the General Elections (GE) 2018.

Procedural irregularities such as restrictions on polling agents were observed to have increased during these by-elections, more on Karachi seats (NA-247 Karachi South-II and PS-111 Karachi South-V) than on Peshawar seat (PK-71 Peshawar VI), wherein 15 percent of observed polling stations, polling agents were seated at a place where they could not observe the polling process. In addition, the by-elections also recorded an increase in the number of ballots excluded from the count at the polling stations. Read more

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