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3rd Joint Session Prorogued; Resolution Adopted to Strengthen Democracy

September 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 19, 2014: The 3rd Joint Session of the Parliament prorogued sine die on Friday after unanimously adopting a resolution to uphold the supremacy of parliament, constitution, democracy and state institutions, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition winded up the political debate in the joint session which was especially convened to debate prevailing political situation after sit-ins in Islamabad.

 
9th Joint Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

September 18, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 18, 2014: The 9th sitting of the ongoing 3rd Joint Session of the Parliament continued to witness low attendance of legislators as only 27 were present at the start of the sitting while 79 were there at the adjournment, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Parliament continued the debate on the Motion regarding the prevailing political situation in the country.

 
Low Attendance Sitting Continues Debate on Political Situation

September 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 17, 2014: Starting 35 minutes behind schedule, the eighth sitting of the 3rd Joint Session of the Parliament on Wednesday witnessed low attendance as 64 legislators were present at outset while 101 at the adjournment of the sitting, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Continuing debate on a motion about the prevailing political situation in the country, three legislators – one each from BNP-A, ANP and PPPP– spoke for an hour and 48 minutes.

 
79 Election Petitions Still Await Decisions

September 12, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 12, 2014: The election tribunals decided five cases from August 11 to 31, 2014 - bringing the total number of decided cases to 331 out of 410 (305 out of 384 by the tribunals and 26 by the ECP) while 79 petitions (19%) are still pending with the election tribunals. Given the backlog, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seems to have failed to ensure compliance with the mandatory legal provision of disposing of election petitions within 120 days of receipt.

 
ECP Must Release Election Result Forms Now

September 11, 2014

FAFEN launches public campaign ISLAMABAD, September 11, 2014: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) launched today an online public campaign (http://www.fafen.org/petition/ecp/sign) demanding the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to post on its website essential documents related to the results of General Elections 2013 without further delay, which are fundamental to any objective assessment of the elections and are required for electoral transparency. The ECP forms contain the records of polling station vote counts, accounting for ballot papers, consolidation of election results, and polling schemes implemented on Election Day.

 
Low Attendance Joint Sitting Debates Political Situation

September 10, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 10, 2014: The 7th sitting of the ongoing 3rd Joint Session of the Parliament continued to witness low attendance of legislators as only 87 were present at the start of the sitting while 38 at the adjournment, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The joint sitting continued the debate on the motion under Rule 259 regarding the prevailing political situation in the country.

 
Low MPs Attendance Mark 6th Joint Sitting of Parliament

September 09, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 9, 2014: Starting 21 minutes behind the schedule, the sixth sitting of the ongoing Joint Session of the Parliament on Tuesday continued to witness low MPs attendance as 63 legislators were present at outset while 136 at the adjournment of the sitting, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Four legislators – one each from ANP, PkMAP, PML-F and BNP-A – spoke for an hour and 32 minutes on a motion under Rule 259 regarding the prevailing political situation.

 
42% MPs Attend Joint Sitting; Debate on Political Situation Continues

September 08, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 8, 2014: Starting 50 minutes behind schedule, the fifth sitting of the ongoing Joint Session of the Parliament on Monday witnessed low attendance as 107 legislators were present at outset while 102 at the adjournment of the sitting, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Continuing debate on a motion under Rule 259 about the prevailing political situation in the country, three legislators – one each from PPPP, MQM and an Independent – spoke for an hour and 44 minutes.

 
FAFEN Calls for Holistic Assessment of GE 2013 for Realistic Reforms

September 07, 2014

ISLAMABAD, September 7, 2014: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has expressed concerns over subjective interpretation and selective use of its observation findings by political parties to support their respective views about the quality of General Elections 2013, urging them to take into account the findings holistically for realistic reforms. FAFEN reiterates that its mandate is to provide objective, non-partisan information on the quality of electoral processes from the pre-election period through the post-election phase.

 
Joint Session Debates Political Situation for Three Minutes

September 05, 2014

Points of Order consume 84% of sitting time ISLAMABAD, September 5, 2014: Starting 35 minutes behind schedule, the fourth sitting of the ongoing Joint Session of the Parliament left the sole agenda item on the Orders of the Day unaddressed to raise five Points of Order which consumed 84% of the sitting time, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Only one independent legislator spoke on the Motion about the political situation in the country for three minutes.

 
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