Parliament to sit this month

Thursday March 07, 2019 Written by Published in Politics

The opening parliamentary sitting for the year is expected to be held sometime this month.

 

Clerk of Parliament Tangata Vainerere said preparations were underway for the sitting which will take place “soon”.

CI News understands prime minister Henry Puna will call the Parliament after the crucial Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua by-election on March 18.

The result of the by-election will determine which side will hold the slight majority.

“Preparation work is being done for the upcoming sitting of Parliament which will be very soon. We had a meeting with the prime minister (about the sitting) and we are preparing for that event in the not too distant future,” Vainerere said.

“The PM will be advising formally the actual dates for the sitting.”

In the meantime, Vainerere said they have a number of Bills to prepare for as well as the swearing in of the new Members of Parliament.

Democratic Party and Opposition leader Tina Browne, Demo MP for Ivirua Agnes Armstrong and the winner

of the Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua by-election will be sworn in during the upcoming sitting.

“We also have some work to do in terms of further consultation on a number of Bills. Then we have the Crimes Bill which we will have to readmit and send a team to the northern group for consultation. All these are in preparation for the next sitting of Parliament,” Vainerere said.

For the upcoming by-election which will be contested between Te-Hani Brown of Independent and Nandi Glassie of the Democratic Party, Vainerere said they were looking forward to the outcome.

“We are not here to make any predictions, our role is to welcome the member that will be successful in the by-election. I believe all the preparations are in order for that by-election to take place on March 18.”

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