Exposed: House of Reps Sat For Only 14 Days In Three Months
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The House of Representatives sat for only 14 days in three months, missing deadlines for passing key laws
The House of Representatives held only 14 plenary sessions in the first quarter of this year, less than half of the minimum of 36 sessions it should have held.
The Green Chamber risks not meeting the constitutional threshold of a minimum of 181 plenary sessions in a year, unless it changes the the current trend of its sittings.
The House held only 14 plenary sessions in the first quarter of this year, less than half of the minimum of 36 sessions.
The expected minimum number was arrived at, by counting the Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in January, February and March in line with the provision of the standing rules of the House.
Order 5, Rules 4 and 5 of the Standing Rules of the House allow it to sit from Monday to Friday. Rule 4 reads: “On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the House shall sit at 10 a.m. and unless previously adjourned, shall sit until 6 p.m., provided that at 1:30 p.m., the Speaker may suspend the sitting until 2 p.m. “On Fridays, the House may meet at 9 a.m. and if not previously adjourned, may sit until noon.”
However, Rule 6 gives the Speaker of the House the discretion to determine sitting days. It reads: “Without prejudice to the above, the House shall sit on such a day as the speaker, having regard to the state of business of the House may from time to time direct.”
Over the years, the two chambers of the National Assembly have adopted Tuesday to Thursday as sitting days.