Appointment was in line with the Standing Orders of Parliament: Dr Jiko

Veena Bhatnagar takes her oath of allegiance in Parliament this yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE appointment of Government Member of Parliament Veena Bhatnagar as the Deputy Speaker was in accordance with the rules and procedures of Parliament, says Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni.

Dr Luveni made the clarification in Parliament yesterday after Social Democratic Liberal Party MP Niko Nawaikula questioned Mrs Bhatnagar’s appointment, who was also the Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Dr Luveni said the appointment was in line with the Standing Orders of Parliament.

According to Standing Order 19 (3), she said any member may propose an ordinary member as Deputy Speaker prior to the person’s consent. Dr Luveni said the Standing Order also provided that an ordinary member was a member not holding the office of a Minister, Leader of Opposition, Leader of the Government to Parliament or Whip.

“I believe that Honourable Bhatnagar doesn’t hold any of these positions and therefore, in accordance with the rules and procedures of Parliament, I will allow the nomination of Honourable Bhatnagar as Deputy Speaker,” she said.

Speaking outside Parliament, Mrs Bhatnagar said she was honoured to be appointed as Deputy Speaker.

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