With the first term (26 January to 22 March 2016) of Parliament in 2016 done and dusted, the People’s Assembly takes a look at some of the Legislature’s activities from this period. The review provides a snapshot of the number of working days, bills processed, oral replies by the President and petitions considered by the Select Committee Petitions and Executive Undertakings.
Parliament will be reopening on 5 April 2016, one week earlier than the previously scheduled 11th of April 2016. This last minute amendment to the programme is due to the upcoming elections and the extended second term constituency period that is set to last from 30 May to August 2016.
The first term of 2016 proved to be more busier in the committee corridor (267 meetings) than the 2015 first term with seven more meetings taking place comparatively. The President signed 14 Bills into law while 5 new Bills have been introduced. The President also answered oral questions in Parliament once, excluding his replies to the questions raised during the debates on the State of the Nation Address (SONA).
See infographic below for a snapshot of the first term activities in Parliament for 2016: