Parliament queries absence of electoral reforms bill

Written by  Gladys Nthenda

Members of Parliament on Monday questioned the absence of the Electoral Reforms Bill and demanded to know when it will be presented before the House.

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Rising on a point of concern Lilongwe North East Parliamentarian Maxwell Thyolera said the House expected government to give an explanation on the status of the Bill as the nation is waiting patiently for it.

 

Kasungu South East MP Khumbidze Chiponda described as unfortunate the missing of the Bill in the order paper.

 


In his contribution Lilongwe Mapuyu South legislator Joseph Njobvuyalema noted that the business Committee is the one mandated to determine business in the chamber.

 

He queried the absence of the Reforms Bill in the Order Paper which to him is an indication that it is unlikely to be presented before Parliament but nonetheless stressed on its importance.


“It is extremely important for the House to deal with issues of electoral reforms now,” stressed Njobvuyalema.


Dedza South West legislator Clement Mlombwa reminded the House that Hansard records show that the Minister of Justice assured them that the Bill will be tabled during this November sitting.


Responding to the queries Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa told members that Minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu is the right person to speak on the fate of the Bill but was currently attending to a funeral of a relative.


He then called for patience and a bit of time from members on the issue.


Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya also appealed to legislators to give time to Minister of Justice to effectively update the House on the matter.


He earlier on made a ruling on Parliamentary dress code which came about following Mwanza Central’s lawsuit on the wearing of traditional dress in the House.


Msowoya informed members that the court ruled in favour of Parliament’s dress code stressing that wearing a traditional wear by members would be in contravention of the House rules and regulations hence not allowed.


The Speaker welcomed newly sworn in members who included Sosten Gwengwe of Lilongwe Msozi North, Lilongwe City South East Ulemu Msungama and Nsanje Lalanje’s Lawrence Sitolo.

 

Parliamentary deliberations are expected to run for 5 weeks from 10th November to 15th December.

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