By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is accusing the APNU+AFC government of using its one seat majority in the National Assembly to inflict gross abuse on the House.
PPP Members Bishop Juan Edghill, Priya Manickchand and Irfaan Ali made the complaints at an impromptu press conference on Wednesday, September 09 in Parliament Buildings, where they pointed to the recent appointments of members to parliamentary committees.
Edghill pointed out that the Standing Orders dictate that Ministers cannot preside over sectoral committees, yet under the new administration, the APNU+AFC has appointed Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma to head a committee.
“The views of the Opposition don’t really matter…might is right – tyranny of the majority,” said Edghill as he described the situation in the National Assembly.
He said that no real accountability can be achieved with government Ministers heading Committees.
“The Cabinet and the influence of the Cabinet is present to interrupt,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Manickchand stated that the situation exist because of the high number of Ministers in the APNU+AFC administration.
“Nobody expected that the government would have 26 Ministers and just six back benchers,” said Manickchand.
According to her, it is possible for the government to appoint the back benchers to head the committees but unfortunately this resolve is not being employed by the administration.
The Opposition is now considering all possible avenues to address its concern which would include taking the matter to court.