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Dr Luveni: Why I Interrupted Prasad’s ‘Point Of Order’

Speaker to Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, ruled yesterday afternoon that the Opposition Member of Parliament Biman Prasad’s “point of order”, did not qualify under the point of order process. Her
28 Nov 2018 13:38
Dr Luveni: Why I Interrupted Prasad’s ‘Point Of Order’
Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

Speaker to Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, ruled yesterday afternoon that the Opposition Member of Parliament Biman Prasad’s “point of order”, did not qualify under the point of order process.

Her ruling comes after what Mr Prasad said, ‘I rise to make a point of order…’.

Mr Prasad claimed that the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had misled Parliament when he said the Select Committee had approved the amendments to the Standing Order before it was voted in Parliament.

Dr Luveni made a decisive move to cut short Mr Prasad’s “point of order” saying she would make a ruling at a later stage.

This resulted in Mr Prasad staging the first Parliament walkout of the session yesterday morning.

Dr Luveni said that MPs must realise that points of order were made because, they applied only to the rules and orders of the House and not on content of speech or comment.

She added that points of order should only constitute two to three sentences.

It’s not a presentation of a prepared paper and therefore the point of order that was raised did not qualify under the point of order process, she said.

selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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