SPEAKER, DEPUTY SPEAKER POSITIONS VACANT
All the 57 elected Members of Parliament and four specially elected MPs took their oath of office yesterday (October 30). However, the office of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker remain vacant pending the outcome of a case that is still before the courts. The Clerk of the National Assembly, Ms Barbara Dithapo explained that Parliament business would not pr...oceed without the substantive Speaker as per Section 59 (4). She told the House that the Attorney General had on October 29, instituted legal proceedings at the High Court on urgent basis to determine the constitutionality of standing orders 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.11, 4.14 and 6.1 that allow for secret ballot voting of Speaker and Deputy Speaker and endorsement of Vice President.