Monday Jun 06 2022

Govt to table NAB, election law bill in joint session of Parliament

President Dr Arif Alvi — PTV
President Dr Arif Alvi — PTV
  • Government expected to bring NAB and election law bills to joint session in Parliament.
  • The legislation were passed independently by the National Assembly and Senate.
  • President Alvi returned both bills for "reconsideration and detailed deliberation."

ISLAMABAD: After President Dr Arif Alvi returned the proposals seeking revisions to the NAB and election laws — National Accountability (Amendment) Bill 2022 and Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022 — the government is scheduled to bring them to the joint session of both chambers of parliament on Thursday, The News reported.

The legislations were passed independently by the National Assembly and Senate, but Alvi rejected both on the grounds that he had not been told about the legislative proposal under Article 46 before it was tabled in parliament.

The National Assembly and Senate passed the National Accountability (Amendment) Bill 2022 and Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022 separately and they were sent to President Dr Arif Alvi for his approval, but he returned both the bills for "reconsideration and detailed deliberation" to parliament and its committees under Clause (1) (b) of Article 75.

Earlier, the joint session of both the houses of Parliament was scheduled to be held on Tuesday (June 7), but now the session has been rescheduled for June 9 (Thursday) as all the legislators on the treasury benches will be present for the budget session of the National Assembly, which is expected to be held on June 10 on Friday.

According to Article 75 of the Constitution, if the president returned any bill, then it would be presented in a joint sitting of parliament and if the parliament passed the bill, then it would be sent to the president again for assent and if the president did not give assent within 10-days, then it would automatically be made an act of the parliament.

The Article 75 of the Constitution reads as "75. (1) When a Bill is presented to the President for assent, the President shall, within 3 [ten] days,—

(a) assent to the Bill; or

(b) in the case of a Bill that is not a Money Bill, return the Bill to the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) with a message requesting that the Bill, or any specified provision of the Bill, be reconsidered and that any amendment specified in the message be considered.

4 [(2) When the President has returned a Bill to the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) in a joint sitting and, if it is again passed, with or without amendment, by the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), by the votes of the majority of the members of both Houses present and voting, it shall be deemed for the purposes of the Constitution to have been passed by both Houses and shall be presented to the President, and the President shall give his assent within ten days, failing which such assent shall be deemed to have been given."