Sindh Assembly Starts Debate on Budget

ISLAMABAD, June 14, 2016: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh started general discussion on the Provincial Budget for Financial Year 2016-17 during second sitting of its 25th session on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

Following are some key observations of the House proceedings:

Members’ Participation in House Proceedings

  • The Sindh Assembly met for three hours and 43 minutes.
  • The sitting started at 1114 hours against the scheduled time of 1000 hours.
  • The Speaker presided over the sitting for two hours and 47 minutes while the remaining proceeding was chaired by the Deputy Speaker.
  • The Chief Minister was absent.
  • The Opposition Leader attended the sitting for 70 minutes.
  • Thirty lawmakers (19%) were present at the start and 59 (37%) at the end of the sitting.
  • The Parliamentary Leaders of PPPP, MQM, PML-F, NPP and PTI were present.
  • Seven minority members were present.
  • Two members applied for leave.

Representation and Responsiveness

  • Five lawmakers – PPPP & MQM (2 each), PML-F (one) – took part in general discussion on Budget and spoke on it for 147 minutes.

Order and Institutionalization

  • Sixteen Points of Order consumed 22 minutes of the proceeding.
  • Two newly elected MQM lawmakers took the oath.


  • ‘Orders of the Day’ was available to the legislators, observers and public.
  • The attendance of lawmakers was available to observers and media.

This daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the Sindh Assembly proceedings conducted by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) – a member organization of FAFEN. Errors and omissions are excepted.