NA 25th session elects Speaker, passes three bills

The election on the vacant seat of the National Assembly’s Speaker remained the highlight during its 25th session that started on November 6, 2015 and was concluded on November 11, 2015.  Members of the National Assembly elected Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as Speaker with majority vote during second sitting of the session. Mr. Sadiq had previously served as Speaker of the National Assembly from June 3, 2013 to August 22, 2015.

Twenty-fifth session of the National Assembly was relatively shorter as it was prorogued a week earlier than it was scheduled to end. The impetus for early prorogation was provided by upcoming second phase of Local Government Elections (LGE) on November 19, 2015. However, the schedule for LGE had been announced well before the meeting of House Business Advisory Committee where it was decided to continue the session till November 18, 2015.  But, this decision was reviewed midway of the session to spare lawmakers for their election-related engagements. This event demonstrates the weakness of decision-making process at committee stage.

The session did not yield much, apparently due to the little interest of treasury benches in proceeding of the House. Only 30% of the session’s agenda was addressed while larger portion of it could not be taken up. Throughout the session, the House kept ignoring the private members’ business while the government agenda sailed through quite smoothly. It is worth mentioning here that the National Assembly was meeting after a break of nearly three months and a heavy legislative agenda was pending before it.

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