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NA Congratulates Malala, Condemns Indian Aggression

October 20, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 20, 2014: Starting 63 minutes behind the schedule, the National Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution to congratulate Malala Yousufzai for winning Noble Peace Prize during the first sitting of 15th session on Monday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Tabled by the Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, the House took up a motion under Rule 259 and condemned the Indian aggression across the Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary.

 
Five Ordinances Laid in Low Attendance Sitting of Punjab Assembly

October 20, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 20, 2014: The Minister for Law presented five ordinances during the first sitting of 10th session of the Punjab Assembly that was marked by low attendance of members on Monday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Four bills including the Punjab Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 2014, the NUR International University Lahore Ordinance 2014, the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Ordinance 2014 and the Punjab Higher Education Commission Ordinance 2014 were referred to the relevant committees for two months while the Standing Committee on Local Government and Rural Development was asked to submit a report on the Punjab Local Government (Second Amendment) Ordinance 2014 within seven days.

 
Low Attendance Sitting of Senate Witnesses Introduction of Bill

October 20, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 20, 2014: Low attendance of members was witnessed during the second sitting of 108th session of the Senate as 18 senators (17%) were present at the outset and 21 (20%) at its adjournment, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). A PPPP lawmaker tabled the Members of Parliament (Powers, Immunities and Privileges) Bill 2014 and the House approved to constitute a joint committee to reviewing it.

 
Sindh Assembly Passes Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2014

October 20, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 20, 2014: Starting two hours behind the schedule, the Sindh Assembly passed the Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2014 and unanimously adopted five resolutions during the first sitting of 15th session on Monday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Tabled by the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, the House passed the Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2014 with no lawmaker opposing it.

 
10 Election Petitions Decided in September, 69 Still Pending

October 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 17, 2014: The election tribunals decided 10 petitions in September 2014 bringing the total number of decided cases to 342 out of 411 (316 out of 385 by the tribunals and 26 by the Election Commission of Pakistan). Of the 342 decided cases, 153 were dismissed on grounds of technical deficiencies implying their merits were not adjudicated on. Thirty-four petitions were accepted, 22 dismissed due to non-prosecution, 29 dismissed as withdrawn and 74 dismissed after completion of trials.

 
Senate Felicitates Malala on Receiving Nobel Peace Prize

October 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 17, 2014: The Senate unanimously adopted a resolution to congratulate child education activist Malala Yousafzai on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize during its first sitting of 108th session on Friday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The ANP Parliamentary Leader sponsored the resolution which appeared as supplementary agenda. The motion praised Malala - the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate - on her sacrifices for the promotion of education in the world.

 
ECP Fails to Enforce Code of Conduct in NA-149 By-Poll

October 16, 2014

ISLAMABAD, October 16, 2014: Amid ongoing political strife in the country that has triggered significant political activism among the people; by-election held in NA-149 (Multan-II) on Thursday was marked by widespread violation of the ECP’s Code of Conduct. By-election was held following the resignation of PTI MNA Javed Hashmi from the National Assembly. However, Hashmi re-contested for the seat as an independent candidate. This report has been prepared from direct observation of the polling processes by FAFEN observers till midday as well as media monitoring until 1700 hours.

 
Last Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

September 30, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 30, 2014: Starting 35 minutes behind scheduled time, the last sitting of 14th session of the Balochistan Assembly witnessed low attendance of MPAs as only 15 were present at the outset while 23 were there adjournment of the sitting says Free and Fair Election Network. The Balochistan Assembly passed three bills -- the Balochistan Chief Minister and Provincial Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Privileges Amendment) Bill, 2014, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker (Salaries, Allowances and Privileges Amendment) Bill, 2014 and the Members Provincial Assembly (Salaries, Allowances and Privileges Amendment) Bill, 2014.

 
Low Attendance Marks 2nd Sitting of Balochistan Assembly

September 27, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 27, 2014: Starting 47 behind the schedule, the Balochistan Assembly witnessed low attendance of legislators as 20 were present at the start while 15 at the adjournment of the second sitting of 14th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition did not attend the sitting.

 
Low Attendance Marks 2nd Sitting of Balochistan Assembly

September 27, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 27, 2014: Starting 47 behind schedule, the Balochistan Assembly witnessed low attendance of legislators as 20 were present at the start while 15 at the adjournment during the second sitting of 14th session, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition did not attend the sitting. Moreover, only the parliamentary leader of PkMAP attended the sitting while those of MWM, PML-N, ANP and PML did not attend the sitting.

 
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