By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is crying foul over a motion moved in the National Assembly to restrict the considerations for the 2015 Fiscal Budget to three days.
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, moved the motion on Thursday afternoon citing that it would allow for expedience in the passing of the Budget. The Prime Minister said that restricting the considerations to three days is not unconstitutional since the Standing Orders do not speak to a minimum time, but to a maximum time frame of seven days.
However, Government Chief Whip Gail Teixeira argued that the motion is not in order.
“I think this augurs very badly for the new administration if they to want to restrict the debates to three days…Mr Speaker we will not support this motion, she stated.
Teixeira described the motion as a trickery stating that since some Ministries have been renamed, Parliamentarians now have double the work on their hands.
“In the budgets of this House we have never tried to prevent the members from asking questions…this is trickery…I am asking you Sir to declare this motion as out of order,” she stated.
Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland allowed the motion, stating that the Standing Order speaks to the maximum time and he finds no fault with the motion presented.
It was then put to a vote with 28 thumbs down and 32 thumbs up with former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall voted “no to the death of Parliamentary democracy.”