Parliament not dissolved, no date for resumption

Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua speaks to students of Khalsa College during an earlier tour as part of the “Parliament Bus” program in Ba. Picture: SUPPLIED/FILE

PARLIAMENT has not been dissolved yet, says secretary general to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua.

Mrs Namosimalua said Parliament had been adjourned with no appointed date for resumption.

She said the dissolution of Parliament would follow the issuance of the Writ for Elections.

“After three years and six months, Parliament may be dissolved and if not, then within four years from the date of the first sitting, the Parliament term expires,” she said.

“Parliament automatically dissolves on October 6, 2018, which is four years from the date of the first Parliament sitting.

“However the President can also dissolve Parliament upon the advice of the PM up to six months earlier.

“The issuance of a Writ for Elections will follow the dissolution of Parliament and is issued within seven days of the expiry or proclamation of dissolution of Parliament.”

She said the last day for the receipt of a nomination of a candidate for election to Parliament was 14 days after the date of the issue of the Writ for the Elections.

“Since there is no Legislature, members will cease to be MPs upon the day of dissolution.

“The Prime Minister and other ministers will continue in office until the next PM assumes office after a general election.

“Upon the expiry or dissolution of the Parliament, the Leader of the Opposition continues in office until the next appointment of a PM.

“The Speaker remains in position until the day before the first sitting of the next Parliament.”

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