Tikoduadua No.3 In Front Bench

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tikoduadua, is No 3 in the front bench of the Government side in Parliament. He sits on the right of  Minister for Finance
06 Oct 2014 10:09
Tikoduadua No.3 In Front Bench
Minister for Women Meresaini Vuniwaqa visit the stalls during Open Market Day at Ratu Sukuna Park on August 7, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tikoduadua, is No 3 in the front bench of the Government side in Parliament.

He sits on the right of  Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who occupies the No 2 seat. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, in the No 1 seat,  is on the left of Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola is No 4,  Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy No 5 and Minister for Lands Mereseini Vuniwaqa No 6. The rest of the ministers are in the second and third rows.

The Government MPs were yesterday shown their sitting arrangements by Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua and members of the UNDP.

Today’s Order of Proceedings in Parliament

9.55am: Everyone is to be seated

10.00am: The Secretary-General will follow the Sergeant at Arms who will be carrying the mace into the chamber.

Everyone will stand when Secretary-General comes in.

She will then move to her seat and say the prayer after which she will ask all to be seated.

She will then make the proclamation, passed by the President, about the list of members elected to Parliament.

She will then ask all the members to come forward in alphabetical orders to be sworn-in.

She would call out the name of each member and they would stand in front of her and take their oath, sign and return to their seats.

After the administration of the oath, the election of the Speaker and the taking of oath by the Speaker take place.

The Secretary-General will call for nomination for the office of Speakers and someone from the Government side will have to stand up to propose the name of the Speaker and then the Secretary-General will ask for a seconder.

If there are no further nominations then that Speaker has been selected or elected as Speaker.

If there is a second nomination and a seconder, there would then be a secret ballot.

Whenever the Speaker is elected, either if there’s no other nomination, the proposer and the seconder must stand and move to the public gallery and escort the Speaker in front to the Secretary-General.

For the oath of the Speaker all members should stand until the Speaker sits and then the Speaker takes over as chair of the sitting from the Secretary-General.

This time the Parliament officially comes into session and the mace is moved from below the table to up onto the table

The first piece of business the Speaker presides over is the election of the Deputy Speaker so the Speaker will ask for any nomination and seconder, if any further nomination – a secret ballot would take place

The Deputy Speaker after the election would be called out to swear his\ her oath before taking his\her seat and the members of the Opposition will choose the Leader of Opposition.

If there’s only one nomination then the Leader of Opposition will be officially noted as the Leader of Opposition; there is no specific oath for the Opposition leader so he\she will just remain at their seat

After the election of the Opposition Leader then the adoption of the Standing Orders takes place so somebody from the Government side will need to propose that the Standing Orders were to be adopted and seconded by another

After the adoption of Standing Orders, the Speaker will adjourn the Parliament session and announce the date and time for the next session.

The Speaker will then stand and the members will have to stand too before the Speaker makes his/her way out.

The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, will address Parliament tomorrow at 10am during its ceremonial opening.



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