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CHAPTER EIGHT

THE LEGISLATURE

Part 3–Offices of Parliament

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Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Parliament

  1. There shall be–

    1. a Speaker for each House of Parliament, who shall be elected by that House in accordance with the Standing Orders, from among persons who are qualified to be elected as members of Parliament but are not such members; and

    2. a Deputy Speaker for each House of Parliament, who shall be elected by that House in accordance with the Standing Orders, from among the members of that House.

  2. The office of Speaker or Deputy Speaker shall become vacant–

    1. when a new House of Parliament first meets after an election;

    2. if the office holder, as a member of the relevant House, vacates office under Article 103; {Vacation of office of member of Parliament }

    3. if the relevant House so resolves by resolution supported by the votes of at least two-thirds of its members; or

    4. if the office holder resigns from office in a letter addressed to the relevant House.

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Presiding in Parliament

  1. At any sitting of a House of Parliament–

    1. the Speaker presides;

    2. in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker presides; and

    3. in the absence of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, another member of the House elected by the House presides.

  2. At a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament, the Speaker of the National Assembly shall preside, assisted by the Speaker of the Senate.

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Party leaders

  1. There shall be a leader of the majority party and a leader of the minority party.

  2. The leader of the majority party shall be the person who is the leader in the National Assembly of the largest party or coalition of parties.

  3. The leader of the minority party shall be the person who is the leader in the National Assembly of the second largest party or coalition of parties.

  4. The following order of precedence shall be observed in the National Assembly––

    1. the Speaker of the National Assembly;

    2. the leader of the majority party; and

    3. the leader of the minority party.


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