Senate discusses role of caretaker govt in general elections preparations


ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday discussed the preparations by the caretaker government for holding peaceful as well as free and fair elections on July 25, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet.

The meeting was presided over by the Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, however, the deputy chairman remained absent. The Leader of the House did not attend the sitting.

Standing Committee on Capital Administration and Development Division chairman presented a report of the committee on a point of public importance regarding price hike on kitchen items in weekly bazars of Islamabad.

Moved by Senates’ Leader of Opposition Sherry Rehman, the House passed two motions under rule 204 authorising the Senate chairman to constitute special committees to examine the special audit report on causes of the decline in tax collection of tobacco sector and on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The House also passed six motions under Rule 194 (1) granting an extension to five standing committees for a presentation of their reports on various parliamentary interventions.

The House took up a Calling Attention Notice (CAN) regarding the inclusion of Pakistan in Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Grey List. It was responded to by the Minister for Finance.

Ministers for Interior and Law responded on the concerns expressed by lawmakers regarding the free, fair and peaceful conduct of general elections 2018. Thirteen lawmakers also spoke on it for an hour and 15 minutes.

The House witnessed ministerial response on a matter of public importance regarding non-availability of electricity in Makran Division.

A lawmaker spoke on a point of order for six minutes while another legislator spoke on a point of personal explanation for one minute.