Lawmakers’ interest in National Assembly Shows Declining Trend


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Lawmakers’ interest in National Assembly Shows Declining Trend
101 lawmakers attend less than half of sittings Attendance remains higher in shorter sessions while lower in longer sessions Average annual attendance the lowest during second parliamentary year
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Overall Attendance
The 14th National Assembly completed its third parliamentary year on May 31, 2016. It held 289 sittings in 32 sessions between June 1, 2013 and May 30, 2016. The attendance record of lawmakers was first made public on the National Assembly website in June 2015 at the outset of third parliamentary year. The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) acquired the attendance record of the Members of the National Assembly (MNA) for the first two parliamentary years through an information request to the National Assembly Secretariat. This report is based on the official attendance record and does not include the attendance of the Joint Sittings of Parliament and sitting held on May 31, 2016.
The Assembly held 99 sittings in the first parliamentary year, 92 in the second and 98 in the third year. The highest attendance of MNAs was recorded during the first session of the 14th National Assembly followed by the third and 19th sessions which were single-sitting sessions. The third sitting of the first session witnessed the highest attendance when the election of the Prime Minister took place in the presence of 318 lawmakers. The fourth sitting of 18th session was the least attended with only 87 members were present.
The average attendance during each session of the National Assembly is shown in the graph below:

Average Attendance in National Assembly's Sessions

350

311 300
291

270

250

246

255 245

240

239

233

235

231

221 214

225 216

223

200

196 206 203

196

207

199

200 196

197

180 175 184 186 172 189

159 150

Members

100

50

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
Session

The annual average attendance of lawmakers witnessed a downward trend during the second parliamentary year. Each lawmaker, on average, attended 64 sittings during the first parliamentary year, 51 sittings during the second and 59 during the third. Similarly, an average of 222 MNAs attended each sitting during the first parliamentary year, 194 attended each sitting during the second parliamentary year and 208 attended each sitting during the third parliamentary year.

Average Attendance in each Parliamentary Year

1st Year
222

2nd Year
194

3rd Year
208

Key Members' Attendance
National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq attended 245 sittings during three years while Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi was present in 237 sittings. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended 39 sittings during three years - nine each in first and third parliamentary year and 21 in second parliamentary year. Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah attended 221 sittings.

Speaker
245 Sittings

Deputy Speaker
237 Sittings

Prime Minister
39 Sittings

Leader of the Opposition
221 Sittings

Ministerial Attendance
As many as 26 cabinet members – 17 Federal Ministers and 9 Ministers of State – are Members of the National Assembly. Each Minister, on average, attended 172 sittings during three parliamentary years. Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad was present during 285 sittings and the most regular minister in the National Assembly. He is the second most regular lawmaker during the past three years. Nine other cabinet members attended more than 200 sittings. Two federal ministers Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi and Ahsan Iqbal attended 80 and 99 sittings, respectively.
More than half of the ministers remained absent from as many as 54 sittings while there were only four sittings when all 26 ministers were present.

Sheikh Aftab Ahmed
285 Sittings

Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada
256 Sittings

Usman Ibrahim
227 Sittings

Muhammad Barjees Tahir
223 Sittings

Abdul Qadir Baloch
222 Sittings

Less than half of the members were present in 38 out of 289 sitting. As many as 101 lawmakers (29%) attended less than half (145) of the sittings. Prominent members including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his nephew Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, parliamentary leaders of PTI Imran Khan, MQM Farooq Sattar, JUI-F Fazlur-Rehman and PML Pervaiz Elahi attended less than half of the 289. The following table shows the list of 20 members with lowest attendance:
Least Regular Members

Ali Mohammad Khan Mahar
PPPP
9Sittings

Imran Khan
PTI
18 Sittings

M. Hamza Shehbaz Sharif
PML-N
22 Sittings

Faryal Talpur
PPPP
26 Sittings

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
PML-N
39 Sittings

Ch. Parvez Elahi
PML
40 Sittings

Ch. Muhammad Asim Nazir
PML-N
42 Sittings

Malik Asad Sikandar
PPPP
45 Sittings

Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali
PML-N
47 Sittings

Roshan Din Junejo
PPPP
48 Sittings

Amir Haider Khan
ANP
51 Sittings

Malik Iqbal Mehdi Khan
PML-N
54 Sittings

Dr. Fehmida Mirza
PPPP
55 Sittings

Dr. M. Farooq Sattar
MQM
56 Sittings

Syed Mustafa Mehmood
PPPP
60 Sittings

Reeta Ishwar
PML-F
61 Sittings

Muhammad Zain Ellahi
IND
66 Sittings

Fazal-Ur-Rehman
JUI-F
67 Sittings

Sardar M. Jafar Khan Leghari
PML-N

Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai
NP

72 Sittings

73 Sittings

Female Lawmakers’ Attendance
There are 70 female lawmakers in the National Assembly – 60 on reserved seats, nine elected and one minority. Nearly 77% women lawmakers attended half or more sittings. Each woman lawmaker, on average, attended more sittings than their male counterparts. A woman lawmaker, on average, attended 70 sittings during the first parliamentary year, 54 in the second year and 67 in the third year. On average, a male lawmaker attended 62, 51 and 57 sittings during these years. Aliya Kamran from JUI-F remained the most regular lawmaker. The average attendance of male and female lawmakers is given in the graph below:

Members

300

250

249

231

212

200

201

191

189

186

194

172 165

168 175

160

158

155

179

179

156

175178 158

150

151

140

139 143 145

148

150 151

151

132

121

100

50 62 55 60 45 50 50 46 51 48 46 51 54 54 40 42 37 41 42 58 40 41 51 54 43 56 39 50 45 50 46 48 53
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Gender Average

Female Average

Male Average

Minority Lawmakers’ Attendance
There are ten lawmakers elected on seats reserved for religious minorities. Half of them attended more than 200 sittings during three parliamentary years. Each minority lawmaker, on average, attended 197 sittings which is much higher than overall average of other lawmakers i.e. 168.

Aasiya Nasir
JUI-F
258 Sittings

Khalil George
PML-N
252 Sittings

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani
PML-N
227 Sittings

Lal Chand Malhi
PTI
203 Sittings

Ramesh Lal
PPPP
201 Sittings

Dr. Darshan
PML-N
191 Sittings

Sanjay Perwani
MQM
184 Sittings

Isphanyar M. Bhandara
PML-N
178 Sittings

Bhawan Das
PML-N
155 Sittings

Tariq Christopher Qaiser
PML-N
124 Sittings

Political Parties Attendance

Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz
(189 MNAs)

PML-N

Parliamentary Leader
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
Lawmakers’ Attendance Patterns
56 37

MEMBERS

7
Less than 50

8
50 - 99

Most Regular Members

1

2

100 - 149
SITTINGS

150 - 199

3

4

39Sittings
62

19

200 - 249

250+

5

Sheikh Aftab Ahmed
285 Sittings

Kiran Haider
284 Sittings

Begum Tahira Bukhari
281 Sittings

Sardar Mumtaz Khan
279 Sittings

Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan
270 Sittings

Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian

PPPP

(46 MNAs)

Parliamentary Leader*
Makhdoom Amin Fahim (Late)

34Sittings

Lawmakers’ Attendance Patterns

12

12

9

5

5

3

MEMBERS

Less than 50

50 - 99

Most Regular Members

1

2

100 - 149

150 - 199

SITTINGS

200 - 249

250+

3

4

5

Musarat Rafique Mahesar

Shahida Rehmani

Abdul Sattar Bachani

Nafisa Shah

257 Sittings

257 Sittings

255 Sittings

241 Sittings

* The lawmaker died on November 21, 2015. The party did not nominate another parliamentary leader.

Shamas-un-Nisa
227 Sittings

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Lawmakers’ interest in National Assembly Shows Declining Trend