Government Clarifies Adjournment of Parliament

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THE Government has clarified that reasons why Parliament has been adjourned today is because the required reports from the Bills and Legislations Committee has not been completed.

The completion of these reports by the BLC is required for the next steps in the parliamentary process.

As such, the non-completion of these reports has prohibited the Government to proceed with Government business today.

The Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC) issued a statement today following mixed reactions from the public.

The statement said as much as the Government would like to proceed with Government business in Parliament, it cannot do so because the Bills and Legislations Committee (BLC) is yet to produce the required reports.

“Bills like the Anti-Corruption and Dual Citizenship proposed legislations have already been sent to Parliament in 2017. In fact, the Government expects the BLC to look through them in the past few months but they haven’t done so,” it said.

The OPMC also explained that according to the principle of Separation of Powers safeguarding the three arms of Government; the Executive cannot dictate the affairs of the Legislature as such the Executive must wait for the these processes to be completed..

Therefore, the OPMC statement has called on the BLC to carry out their duties with responsibility.

“The Government has done its part, it is up to the BLC to do discharge their duties and the Government would like the BLC to take responsibility to allow Parliament to deliberate on these important Bills and reports as soon as possible,” it said.