Assembly votes Constitution Amendment Bill, 2021 today – The Point – The Point

Feb 21, 2022, 11:43 AM | Article By: Ismaila Sonko
“The bill is entitled an ACT to amend the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia 1997, to enlarge the composition of elected members of the National Assembly to provide for the reservation of specific seats for women and persons with disabilities, and for connected matters.”
Mariam Jack Denton, the speaker of the National Assembly has cited that section 226 2(b) of the 1997 Constitution mandatorily requires a Bill for an Act of the National Assembly amending or altering the Constitution shall not be passed by the National Assembly or presented to the President for assent unless it is supported on the second and third readings by the votes of not less than three-quarters of all the members of the National Assembly.
Madam speaker said this provision is further reflected in Standing Order 16(15) which prevents the Assembly to proceed to a vote on a question in any instance where the Constitution requires a fixed majority, unless and until the number of Members equivalent to such fixed majority is present at the time for voting.
However, the number of members in Chambers at the time of voting on the bill was thirty-five on Thursday.
During the Second Reading, Hon Fatoumatta Njai, National Assembly Member for Banjul South who moved of the motion, noted that the Bill also imposes an obligation on political parties to promote gender equity in the selection of candidates to contest National Assembly elections as well as the respect for human rights.
“It is envisaged that if it is passed, the Bill will guarantee participation of women and persons with disabilities in the conduct of public affairs in The Gambia in line with the consultative process that led to the inclusion of these same proposals in the 2020 Draft Constitution.” she said. 
Following the suspended sit-down strike on the 3 July 2021 and the implementation of the decision made by the Congress on the 8 August 2021, the University of The Gambia Faculty Staff Association (UTGFSA) and Executive Committee have announced that they will start sit-down-strike on Wednesday, 15 September 2021.
On Tuesday September 16, 2021 during the launching of Qmoney and Ria International money transfer partnership held at the Qcell Auditorium, Kairaba Avenue, the 1st Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia Dr. Seeku Jaabi revealed that: “As at end of August this year, we secured $535 million from remittances which is 90% of last year and we are expected to raise around $900 million by end of this year 2021”.
The Gambia Refugees Association Europe Branch wishes to express its utter dismay at the way and manner in which a Gambian refugee (name withheld) was manhandled by the German police in Offenburg last week.
The minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, James F. Gomez, on Sunday while speaking in an exclusive interview with The Point, urged the youths of the country and the young people as a whole not allow politicians and other leaders in this country to use them as subjects.
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