The House of Assembly met for the first time since the December elections.
Each member was sworn in including a new speaker, Hon Senator Joseph Isaac and his deputy, 26 year old Hon Senator, Phillip Rolle.
Honorable Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said he sees Rolle’s achievement as an opportunity for the youth to take their rightful place where service of country is concerned.
Nine senators were introduced to the house in total : Cassani Laville, Nicholls Esprit, Joseph Isaac, Gregory Riviere, from the Opposition, Phillip Rolle, Annette Sanford, Francisca Joseph, Lady Catherine Daniel, Oscar John, Clement Marcellin And Ernie Lawrence-Jno Finn.
Following the preliminaries including a police dress parade and inspection, the members launched the debate on the 2018/2019 Supplementary Estimates which total EC $322,193, 115.60
This session will also debate a bill to amend the Income Tax Act, a bill to amend the Offshore Banking Act, a bill to amend the Money Laundering Prevention Act and a bill to amend the Proceeds of Crime Act.
His Excellency the President, Charles Savarin addressed the opening sitting making note of electoral reform as “unfinished business.”
“I would urge members on both sides of this Honourable House and the public at large, to approach the debate on electoral reform from the point of view of ensuring that the rights of all eligible voters are protected and that the names of persons who are not eligible to be on the voters list in conformity with our existing laws, are struck off.
“There should, therefore, no longer be any room for animosity, quarrels, hateful speech and conflicts on the matter of electoral reform which is a continuing process and not a short-term once and for all exercise, “ he said
The President also spoke on empowering the Electoral Commission “to proceed with the exercise of issuing ID Cards which will be used for voting, by approving the necessary
The Hon Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit expressed his hope that the house would debate idea, programmes and policies based on fact and research.
First Meeting of the First Session of Tenth Parliament
Posted by Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday, February 10, 2020