NA Session Marked by Low Attendance, Multiple Walkouts

ISLAMABAD, April 30, 2015: The 21st session of the National Assembly was marked by thin attendance of lawmakers as the House witnessed multiple protests/walkouts and the introduction of four private bills, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The session, comprising seven sittings, started on April 20 and concluded on April 29, 2015. On average, each sitting started 26 minutes behind the schedule and lasted two hours and 37 minutes.

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POs Consume Half of National Assembly Sitting

ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2015: The last sitting of National Assembly’s 21st session was marked by thin attendance and nearly half of the proceedings’ time being consumed by points of order (POs), says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 45 minutes behind the schedule with 81 lawmakers (24%) present at the start and…

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Senate Sets Precedent for Punctuality

ISLAMABAD, April 21, 2015: The 114th session of the Senate witnessed a marked improvement in parliamentary business as the House strictly followed the schedule and witnessed a considerable decrease in misuse of points of order (POs). The session, comprising seven sittings, started on April 6 and concluded on April 20, 2015 – with all the sittings starting on time.

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Low Attendance Persists in Senate

ISLAMABAD, April 16, 2015: The Senate continued to witness low attendance on Thursday as the House passed the Securities Bill 2015 to amend and consolidate laws regulating the securities industry, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started at its scheduled time with 28 legislators (27%) present at the start and 38 (37%)…

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POs Consume 85% of Senate Sitting

ISLAMABAD, March 11, 2015: The Senate took up its entire agenda during the last sitting of its 112th session on Wednesday. However, nearly 85% of the sitting was consumed by points of order (POs), says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The sitting started 51 minutes behind the schedule with 21 members (20%) present at…

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