Quorum of the National Assembly

The 11th Parliament has reportedly set a record of the number of times it had to adjourn because a quorum is not present. This was revealed at the General Assembly on Thursday 6th August.

The Speaker of the National Assembly has recently sternly rebuked Members of Parliament (MPs) for failing to quorate and in particular criticised those who sit for a few minutes and leave just to mark themselves present and get sitting allowance. However, the Speaker ought to address the issue further and holistically rather than deal with topics related to the issue

According to Standing Orders number 17.1 the quorum of the sitting of the House shall be one-third of the Membership of the House. Clause 17.2 provides that if the attention of the Speaker is drawn to the fact that a quorum is not present he or she shall direct that MPs be summoned. If after 15 minutes have expired he or she is satisfied that a quorum is not present the Speaker shall adjourn the Assembly without question put and the Assembly shall then stand adjourned in accordance with Standing Order No. 25.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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