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22nd May 2018

Abbas Bundu on the Verge of Becoming Speaker as Parliament Welcomes Yumkella

By a press release (19/04/18)

Dr. Abbas Bundu is leading the race to become the next Speaker of Parliament as the House welcomes the NGC leader, the new law maker.

 

Reliable reports reaching www.theorganiser.net say the SLPP strongman Dr. Abbas Bundu is on the verge of becoming Sierra Leone's next Speaker of Parliament amidst stiff competition from other credible suitors. (Photo: Dr. Abass Bundu, front runner but the passport scandal continues to taints his reputation).

The other candidates for the Speaker position include SLPP politician Sidie Tunis; APC politician Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay and another APC legal mind Ajibola Manly-Spaine who is widely believed to be the most qualified because of his long standing legal experience. (Photo below: L-R: Tunis, Kemoh and Manly-Spaine are also formidable candidates).
 


In a related development, parliamentarians gave a rousing welcome to the National Grand Coalition NGC leader Dr. Kandeh Yumkella and the other three newly elected NGC members of parliament in Freetown. Dr. Yumkella, whose seven-months-old NGC party clocked third place behind the SLPP and APC parties in the March general elections, won his seat in Kambia. And he is expected to firebrand the new parliament dominated by the opposition APC party followed by the ruling SLPP government.

In a press release yesterday, the current Speaker of Parliament, Hon. SBB Dumbuya (photo below) is still in post until a new Speaker is elected by MPs in the first sitting of Parliament following the conclusion of a General Election. See Section 79 (5) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.

The date of the first sitting of Parliament after the conduct of a General Election is the same date on which Parliament will be dissolved for the 2023 General Elections. See Section 85 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone. The proposed date by the Office of the Clerk for first sitting of Parliament is on Thursday 26th April 2018, that will be preceeded by a briefing meeting with duly elected MPs by the Clerk of the House on preliminary parliamentary procedures.

 
 
Votes of Not Less than Two Thirds of all the duly elected MPs, including 132 OMPs and 14 PCMPs should be cast in favour of a preferred candidate nominated to become the next Speaker of Parliament. If any of the nominated candidates failed to secure 97 votes, which is two thirds of 146 MPs after three successive casting of ballots, it will be settled by a fourth option of a SIMPLE MAJORITY of all the MPs. See Section 79 (2) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.

Voting for both the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House is by secret ballots. See Section 81 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone. MPs will take and sign oath of office to be administered by the Clerk of the House as in the Third Schedule of the 1991 Constitution , before participating in the election of the Speaker. See Section 83 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone. The Clerk will preside over the election of the Speaker, and the Speaker will likewise preside over the election of the Deputy Speaker.

The outcome of the 2018 general elections leaves APC with 68 seats, SLPP 49, C4C 8, NGC 4, Independent 3, and 14 PCMPs, totaling 146. In view of the 2013 Constitutional Amendments Act, which have broken the chain of the Judicio-Speakership's tradition of Parliament by retired Judges who had served in both the High and Supreme Courts of Sierra Leone. The said Amendments have made the Speakership of Parliament the exclusive domain of MPs who are 40 years and had served in such capacity for 5, 10 or more years, applying to both current and past MPs.
 


The Deputy Speaker is also elected from among MPs for a period of five years. See the Amendment in 2013 to Section 80 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone. (Photo: Dr. Yumkella with colleagues at Parliament).

The Office of the Speaker of the Parliament of Sierra Leone is an extension to the Presidency of Sierra Leone. In situations where both the President and his Vice President are for any reasons indisposed or unable to perform the functions of the said Office, then the Speaker shall take the Presidential Oath of Office to be administered by the Chief Justice as in the Second Schedule of the 1991 Constitution, before acting as the President of Sierra Leone.

Courtesy: Sheku Lamin Turay, Senior Public Relations Officer, Parliament of Sierra Leone

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