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Low attendance persists even in 10th NA session

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Published: April 5, 2014 02:45 pm

ISLAMABAD: Low attendance has continuously  persisted in the first nine sittings of the 10th session of National Assembly as the House never witnessed even 50 per cent of the legislators’ presence in any of the sittings.

However, it has been noticed that whenever the Leader of the House (Prime Minister) comes to the House to attend the proceedings,
the attendance of the lawmakers in the national legislature becomes high. The observation data shows the lack of quorum
(less than one fourth attendance of members) was pointed out during the 3rd and 9th sittings that led to the adjournment of the
House.

The sole member of Awami Muslim League Pakistan (AMLP) Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed left the proceedings during the 7th sitting, claiming
absence of a meaningful agenda and lack of quorum. According to the attendance of the legislators during the first sitting of the
10th session, only 97 lawmakers were present at the outset while 35 were there at the adjournment.

A maximum of 168 members were observed to be present at one point of the sitting. However, during the second sitting, eighty-eight
members were present at the outset while 50 were there at the adjournment. A maximum of 137 members were observed to be present at one
point of the sitting. Forty-five members were present at the outset during the 3rd sitting while 43 were there at the adjournment. A maximum of 162 members were observed to be present at one point of the sitting.

During the sitting, MQM legislator Sajid Ahmed pointed out lack of quorum for not getting permission to speak
on a matter under Rule 18.

The Deputy Speaker, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, ordered for the count and the quorum was finally found incomplete and the sitting was adjourned for the next day. During the 4th sitting, sixty-three members were present at the outset while 74 were there at the adjournment. A  maximum of 148 members were observed to be present at one point of this sitting. A maximum of 120 members were observed to be present at one point of the 5th sitting while sixty-four members were present at the outset and 68 at the adjournment.

As many as 100 members were present at the outset of the 6th sitting, 38 were there  at the adjournment while a
maximum of 136 lawmakers were observed to be present at one point.

During the 7th sitting,  forty-five members were present at the outset, 52 at the adjournment while a maximum of 124 members were observed to be present at one point of the sitting. Forty-seven members were present at the outset of the 8th sitting, 29 at the adjournment while a maximum of 103 members at one point of the sitting.

During the 9th sitting, 53 members were present at the outset, 26 at the adjournment and 117 at one point of the sitting. PTI legislator Rai
Hassan Nawaz pointed out lack of quorum in the sitting.

The Deputy Speaker, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, ordered for the count and the quorum was found incomplete. The Chair
again ordered for the recount and the House was found incomplete. Later the sitting was adjourned to meet again
on Monday.

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