The National Assembly has suspended Standing Order No. 9 to allow the commencement of sittings of the National Assembly to deliberate on urgent parliamentary matters including the presentation and consideration of the 2020 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure on or before 10th October, 2020.
Standing Order Number 9 says, “Notwithstanding anything contained in Standing Order No. 8, unless there are special reasons for so doing, no Sitting of the National Assembly shall be held from 10th August to 10th October in any year.”
That Order was suspended by the Motion brought by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance, Gail Teixeira.
The minister said that Standing Order 112 provides that any one or more of the Standing Orders may be suspended, after notice, or with the leave of the Speaker, on a Motion by a member at any sitting.
Further, she noted that since the dissolution of the 11th Parliament on the 30th December 2019, there has been no sittings of the National Assembly, and, therefore no Annual Budget has been presented and considered for the Year 2020.
She noted that the Government of Guyana is desirous of commencing the work of the National Assembly as soon as possible, including the urgent presentation and consideration of the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the year 2020 in the National Assembly on or before 10th October, 2020.