Lack of quorum causes Parliament to adjourn

Lack of quorum causes Parliament to adjourn

Written by Bella Dalima

10 Apr, 2014 | 7:46 pm

Establishing a quorum in Parliament appears to have become a cumbersome issue.

In Parliament on Thursday, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa made clarifications regarding questions posed as to whether a quorum had been established in Parliament recently, when a Bill was enacted.

However, an hour and twenty minutes into today’s sitting, the Chair had to adjourn Parliament owing to a failure to establish a quorum once again.

When the adjournment motion was tabled in Parliament today, UPFA Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer brought to the attention of the chair, the fact that quorum had not been established.

Subsequently, MP Azwer, left the chamber.

Presenting the adjournment motion, UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake, posed several questions pertaining to the Sampur and Norochcholai Power Stations of the Ceylon Electricity Board.

In order for quorum to be established, a minimum of 21 members including the chair, must be present in the chamber.

 

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