Nothing warranted recall of National Assembly during recess – Speaker
Media operatives were yesterday given the opportunity to learn more about the workings of Guyana’s Parliament and to share their input at a special forum convened by Speaker, Raphael Trotman, at Public Buildings, yesterday.
The Speaker recalled that there were some concerns raised by certain sections of society when the recess was announced and said that it is a practice that the Parliament has been following for years as the period is used to conduct repairs and clean the building, and facilitate staff’s annual leave and training.
He noted, too, that the country did not go into any state of crisis that warranted the House to be recalled, according to a government statement.
Media operatives were brought up-to-date with the functions of the Parliament and the Standing Orders, which are rules of procedures by which the sittings are guided.
Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, explained his roles and responsibilities which include general supervision of the Committees Division, Hansard Division, Library, Registry, Accounts, Sergeant at Arms, and IT, Personnel, Public Relations, and Planning and Management Departments.
At present, the Parliament is in the process of modernizing the various departments to ensure more effective functioning and to make the work of this important body more open to the citizenry.
A contract was recently awarded for the overhaul of its website to facilitate live streaming of sessions and the uploading of pertinent information.
During the discussions, the Speaker singled out PPP/C’s Chief Whip and veteran parliamentarian, Gail Teixeira for her understanding of the Standing Orders; adding that she has set the bar for many of the other MPs, particularly the new ones.
The parliamentary recess has ended but a date for the reconvening of the House is yet to be fixed. Thus far, the Tenth Parliament has seen 28 sittings.