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NCM: PM office says there are 12 steps to follow

2018-11-17 09:29:18
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The Office of the Prime Minister yesterday said there is a 12-step standard procedure which should be followed by the parliament when constitutionally passing a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against a prime minister.

In a statement, Prime Minister's Secretary S. Amarasekara said the NCM should be first handed over to the speaker with at least 20 signatures.

“The second step is Speaker consulting Parliament General Secretary over the legality of the NCM. If the Secretary says it is legal, the NCM should be included in the Order Book. The book should be printed on a Friday and then should be distributed among all the MPs. After five working days, the NCM should be given the opportunity to taken up for a debate," Mr. Amarasekara said.

Afterwards, he said the Committee on Parliamentary Business headed by the Speaker should decide which task from the Order Book should be given the priority. “It is the Leader of House who decides the priority of the government's affairs," he said.

He said once the NCM was included in the Order Book, the nearest possible day to take it up for a debate should be decided with the consent of the Leader of House and the government.

"The next step is making an announcement saying the NCM would be taken up for a debate on a particular day. The Committee on Parliamentary Affairs should next decide on the time allocation for the Government and the Opposition MPs to debate the NCM. As the final steps, the NCM should be taken up for a debate on the fixed date and the results should be declared. At last, it should be included in the Hansard," Mr. Amarasekara said in the statement.

He also said all these steps should be conducted in a constitutional manner following the Standing Orders and parliamentary traditions. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


  Comments - 9

  • concern Saturday, 17 November 2018 19:38

    In other words the speaker broke all the regulations for the ncm and caused all the commotion.He should take the responsibility and re do the ncm correctly without causing more damage.

    Reply : 23       11

    Don Saturday, 17 November 2018 19:43

    using 2 NCM is absolutely defeated with the ministry secretaries, so HEMASIRI is not in active service. He was dumped in the bin with his boss.This man is a fool trying to teach the parliament speaker.

    Reply : 5       15

    Gune Saturday, 17 November 2018 19:52

    Whether you want to follow the 1st Step or 12 the step it’s a hopelessly losing battle for MR and MS. They have got into something which they are struggling to get out from with their dignity intact. We the public know that MR and MS are hoodwinking the people with their power. They are helpless poor souls looking like fools in the eye of the people.

    Reply : 5       24

    S.P.Jesuthasan Saturday, 17 November 2018 20:34

    It is comprehensible even to a man of low intellect that the standard procedure had not been followed by His excellency the President when Ranil Wickcremasinge was replaced by Mahinda Rajapaksa for premiership.

    Reply : 5       16

    Muhdh Sunday, 18 November 2018 03:26

    Sorry to tell, here the point focused about NCM.One who is think of intellectual should be with average basic knowledge. Jasuthasan, it is look like , you are fully biased as Smarden... that is why you are pointing, reaching irrelevant subject from NCM.

    Reply : 11       2

    Yaya Sunday, 18 November 2018 04:33

    Sorry tell that one who pointing about intellect should have at least average knowledge to understand any case.Here the points referring, explains about NCM only.But you are, look like trying to criticize someone, because you are, mind is biased, brain washed like Sumanderan and his team who do exercise as well. Never, ever reach the goal. The point here is NCM, not about appointing a Primer.

    Reply : 9       3

    nsathees Saturday, 17 November 2018 20:59

    He has a point.

    Reply : 2       6

    lalantha Saturday, 17 November 2018 23:19

    who the devil is the Prime Ministers Secretary to talk about Parliamentary procedures,,,koheda yanne malle pol,,shows how this so called fraud Govt is working,,

    Reply : 5       19

    GH Saturday, 17 November 2018 23:58

    Yeah, Karu a poor man does not know anything about the plan and procedure or norms of parliamentary affairs. The House shouldn't have agreed to appoint such a mean

    Reply : 18       6

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