By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The interpretation of Guyana’s constitution by People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament, Manzoor Nadir as it relates to the vote of ‘no confidence’ has been discredited; this time by former Executive Member of the Party and Former speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran.
Nadir recently said on the radio program ‘Hard Talk’ aired on 90.1 FM [August 24] that a clause in Guyana’s constitution states that ALL elected Members of Parliament must be present in the National Assembly when the No Confidence Motion is put to a vote. He further explained that if a Parliamentarian from either side of the House is absent, then the motion cannot be voted on.
However, Ramkarran today (September, 07) on the same radio program is the latest of those from the Political world to totally discredited this notion.
“I read the section…it doesn’t say that….I don’t know where Nadir got it from. It doesn’t say anything about the vote of the No Confidence Motion. They have certain provisions in the constitution that requires a two thirds majority; it doesn’t say that the whole Parliament must be there.”
He further explained, “In one or two instances it says, ‘where all members of Parliament are present on voting’ but not in relation to the No confidence Motion.”
Shadow Finance Minister and Parliamentarian of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Carl Greeindge had also noted that the views expressed by Nadir are erroneous and “possibly pernicious” [destructive].
Greenidge in a statement rubbished Nadir’s views.