Parliament adjourns early owing to lack of quorum

Parliament adjourns early owing to lack of quorum

Written by Bella Dalima

23 Jul, 2014 | 10:19 pm

Parliament was adjourned early on July 23 due to the lack of quorum. Our reporter said the debate on July Strikers was halted midway as a result. News 1st’s Parliament correspondent said the adjournment motion debate was proposed by UPFA Parliamentarian Shantha Bandara. During the speech of MP Sumedha G. Jayasena, opposition members pointed out to the chair that there was no quorum in the house. When the quorum bell was rung, only 17 members including the chair were in the chamber at the end of the allotted time. As a result the Deputy Speaker declared that there was no quorum and adjourned sittings until 1 p.m on July 24. Our correspondent noted that as a result, the adjournment motion debate proposed by the government to pay tribute to the July Strikers could not be taken up as there weren’t even 21 members in the chamber to constitute a quorum. This is the second time in the space of several months that parliament has been adjourned owing to the lack of quorum.  

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