[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Alliance for Change (AFC) announced today that it is now pressing for a sitting of the National Assembly to be called on October 22 or 24; explaining that it is permissible under the Parliamentary Standing Orders.
Last week, AFC had said it desired a sitting on October 16 where the No –Confidence Motion is expected to be tabled and read for the first time. To this end, the AFC says that any sitting for October 16 seems unlikely since no Order Paper has been published.
Last week, Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs told iNews that a meeting of the Parliamentary Management Committee was set for tomorrow (Wednesday, October 15), where a date for the first sitting of the House is to be discussed. The annual two month recess of Parliament ended on October 10.
The Alliance for Change says it is disappointed that there has been no effort to convene a sitting of the House now that the recess period is over.
The AFC believes that the delay is as a result of its tabling the No Confidence Motion. The Motion was submitted to Clerk of the Assembly on August 7. The Speaker of the House, Raphael Trotman has since pronounced that it met the criteria for Motions.
In a letter to the Isaacs, dated October 10, 2014, AFC Executive Member, Moses Nagamootoo, who tabled the Motion, requested that it be placed on the Order Paper as a matter of priority, to take precedence over all other business of the House and for debate at the earliest sitting.
AFC says it is in contact with the Leader of the Opposition, David Granger so that the earliest possible date can be set. Granger has already committed his and the support of his Party to ensuring passage of the Motion.