CORRECTION: MPs to amend constitutional requirement on NA quorum
12 Feb 2014 12:30pm
CORRECTION: REPLACING MONDAY WITH TUESDAY IN SECOND LAST PARA
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB (NAMPA) - The National Assembly (NA) plans to revisit Article 53 of the Constitution to address the issue of a lack of quorum.
This Article states that the presence of at least 37 members of the National Assembly entitled to vote, other than the Speaker or the presiding member, shall be necessary to constitute a meeting of the National Assembly for the exercise of its powers and the performance of its functions.
Media reports had it that 12 sessions of the NA last year did not materialise because not enough members showed up, while three were interrupted when MPs disappeared after tea-breaks, which led to proceedings being called off.
Speaking to Nampa here on Tuesday shortly after the opening of the Ninth Session of the Fifth Parliament, Swapo-Party Chief Whip Prof Peter Katjavivi said members of the NA plan to find mechanisms on how to resolve this debilitating issue.
When sessions are called off, we do not just go home and sleep, but go back to our offices and continue with our work, he explained.