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National Assembly Continues Debate on Political Situation

August 29, 2014

ISLAMABAD, August 29, 2014: Starting 35 minutes behind the schedule, the National Assembly continued debate on political situation in the country during the 17th sitting of 14th session on Friday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Five lawmakers – two from PML-N  and one each belonging to PPPP, PkMAP and APML– took part in the debate on Motion under Rule 259 regarding the prevailing political situation in the country for an hour and 28 minutes.

 
Balochistan Assembly Passes Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill

August 28, 2014

ISLAMABAD, August 28, 2014: Starting 48 minutes behind schedule, the 5th sitting of the ongoing 13th session of Balochistan Assembly passed the Balochistan Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2014 on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network in its Daily Factsheet. The House witnessed low attendance of MPAs as only 15 (23 %) out of total 65 legislators were present at the outset while 19 (29%) were there at the adjournment.

 
Senate Debates ongoing Political Crisis, Adopts Resolution in Government Support

August 28, 2014

ISLAMABAD, August 28, 2014: Low attendance and low participation of senators marked the 107th session of the Senate that prorogued on August 22, 2014. Two private member bills were introduced during the session, while four resolutions including one extending support to the government in the ongoing political crisis were adopted. The session comprised six sittings - from August 8-22, 2014 – and lasted 11 hours and nine minutes (excluding the fifth sitting which was not observed by FAFEN due to the ongoing protests by PTI and PAT).

 
Low Attendance Sitting Continues Debate on Political Situation

August 28, 2014

ISLAMABAD, August 28, 2014: Staring 37 minutes behind schedule, the National Assembly witnessed low attendance of legislators as only 53 were present at the outset while 77 were there at the adjournment of the 16th sitting of 14th session, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The House continued debate on the Motion under Rule 259 regarding the prevailing political situation in the country.

 
National Assembly Continues Debate on Political Situation

August 27, 2014

ISLAMABAD, August 27, 2014: Starting 40 minutes behind scheduled time, the National Assembly continued debate on political situation in the country during the 15th sitting of 14th session on Wednesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Eight lawmakers – PML-N (4), JUI-F (2) and one each of PPPP and ANP – took part in the debate on motion under rule 259 regarding prevailing political situation in the country for an hour and 41 minutes.

 
NA Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

August 26, 2014

ISLAMABAD, August 26, 2014: Starting 43 minutes behind schedule, the National Assembly witnessed low attendance of MNAs as 61 legislators were present at the outset while 60 were there at the adjournment of the 14th sitting on Tuesday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting. However, it was not pointed out by any of the legislators.

 
NA Continues Debate on Political Situation amid Low Attendance

August 25, 2014

ISLAMABAD, August 25, 2014: The National Assembly amid low attendance continued debate on prevailing political situation in the country emerged after long marches in Islamabad during 13th sitting of its 14th session on Monday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Seven legislators – PML-N (3), PPPP (2), JUI-F (one) and an Independent lawmaker-- participated in the debate on a motion under Rule 259 that continued for an hour and 30 minutes.

 
Balochistan Assembly: Lack of Quorum Prompts Adjournment of Sitting

August 25, 2014

ISLAMABAD, August 25, 2014: Starting 43 minutes behind schedule, the 4th sitting of the ongoing 13th session of Balochistan Assembly witnessed low attendance of MPAs. As many as 22 legislators were present at the outset while 15 were there at the adjournment of the sitting, says Free and Fair Election Network in its Daily Factsheet. The quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting.

 
Balochistan Assembly Passes One Bill, Adopts Resolution

August 23, 2014

ISLAMABAD, August 23, 2014: The Balochistan Assembly passed one bill and adopted a resolution during the third sitting of 13th session on Saturday, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Introduced by the Minister for Archives and Museum, the House passed the Balochistan Archives Bill 2014. The Minister for Law and the Minister for Archives and Museum also introduced the Balochistan Borstal Institutions Bill 2014 and the Balochistan Artifacts Bill 2014 respectively, which were referred to the relevant committees.

 
FAFEN Recommends Prompt Mechanism for Election Results Audit to Break Political Deadlock

August 22, 2014

ISLAMABAD, August 22, 2014: Welcoming the initiation of dialogue among political parties on breaking the current political impasse, the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) recommends a series of measures to the government and the opposition parties to potentially contribute to a resolution that is acceptable to all parties. Emphasizing the need for strengthening of the dialogue, FAFEN says it sees with grave concern the recent political developments arising out of the questions about the credibility of General Election 2013 and subsequent failure of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to respond to them in exercise of powers vested in it under the existing election laws.

 
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