Sunday 21 April, 2019

Opposition Chief Whip seeks clarification on sittings during recess

Opposition Chief Whip Dr. David Lee has written to the Clerk of the House of Representatives seeking clarification on two recently held sittings on July 3 and 9, as well as the upcoming sitting on Friday, during the fixed recess period.

In his letter, he noted that Standing Order 14 states that unless there are urgent or extraordinary reasons for doing so, no sitting of the House of Representatives shall be held from the first week in July to the first week in September.

Lee said to date, two sittings of the House of Representatives have been convened (on the dates cited above) for which respective Order Papers were issued indicating that such sittings were Ordinary Sittings and not Extraordinary Sittings.

“If there is no basis under Standing Order 14 for convening such a sitting, then why are the sittings of July 3rd, 9th and 20th not deemed Extraordinary Sittings, as they ought to be? I believe that this matter should be urgently clarified and brought to the attention of the Speaker at earliest convenience,” Lee questioned.

The House of Representatives is expected to debate the notification of nomination of Stephen Williams for the position of Commissioner of Police on Friday.

 

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