ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly left two thirds of its agenda unaddressed amidst low attendance during first Private Members’ Day of 28th session on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).
FAFEN made following a key observations of the House proceeding: Members’ Participation in House Proceedings: The National Assembly met for three hours and 9 minutes. The sitting started at 1036 hours against the scheduled time of 1030 hours.
The Speaker presided over the proceeding for 64 minutes while the Deputy Speaker chaired the rest of the sitting. The Prime Minister was not present.
The Leader of the Opposition attended the sitting for 50 minutes. 10 MNAs (3%) were present at outset and 42 (12%) at end of the sitting.
The parliamentary leaders of PkMAP, JI, QWP-S, BNP, PML-Z, APML and AMLP were present. Seven minority members were present. Twelve members applied for leave.
The lawmakers belonging to MQM, JUI-F and PTI introduced the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2016, the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the National Conflict of Interest Bill, 2016 respectively. The bills were referred to the relevant standing committees.
The House adopted a resolution urging the government take steps to control the price-hike in the country. Fifteen MNAs discussed the resolution for 107 minutes.