ISLAMABAD, December 23, 2014: Starting an hour behind schedule, the third sitting of the Senate’s 109th session on Tuesday witnessed a continuation of the debate on the terrorist attack in Peshawar, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet.
Seven lawmakers – two belonging to PPPP, one each from ANP, PML, PkMAP, MQM and an independent senator – participated in the debate for two hours and 33 minutes (88% of the proceedings’ time).
Minister for SAFRON laid the Annual Report of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan for the year 2013-2014 along with the statistical supplement.
The sitting witnessed low attendance with 19 members (18%) present at the outset and 18 (17%) at the adjournment.
Following are some key observations of the House proceedings:
Members’ Participation in House Proceedings
- The Senate met for two hours and 54 minutes.
- The sitting started at 1130 hours against the scheduled time of 1030 hours, witnessing a delay of an hour.
- The Deputy Chairman presided over the entire sitting as the Chairman was absent.
- The Leader of the House attended the sitting for two hours and three minutes while the Opposition Leader was present in the entire sitting.
- The Prime Minister was not present.
- Nineteen members (18%) were present at the start and 18 (17%) at the adjournment. A maximum of 40 lawmakers (38%) were observed to be present at one point of the sitting.
- The parliamentary leaders of PkMAP, PPPP, PML-N, JI and NP attended the sitting.
- Three minority members were present.
- Four members applied for leave
- Minister for SAFRON presented the Annual Report of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan for the year 2013-2014 along with the statistical supplement.
Representation and Responsiveness
- Seven lawmakers – two belonging to PPPP, one each from ANP, PML, PkMAP, MQM and an independent senator – participated in the debate for two hours and 33 minutes (88% of the proceedings’ time).
Order and Institutionalization
- Six points of order consumed nine minutes of the proceedings’ time.
- No protests/walkouts/boycotts were witnessed during the entire sitting.
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This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of FAFEN and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. This daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the Senate proceedings conducted by PATTAN Development Organization – a member organization of FAFEN. Errors and omissions are regretted
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