Tue, 25 July 2017
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A day wasted due to lack of quorum

PARLIAMENT resumes today after it was suspended yesterday because MPs failed to show up for the meeting.

The Speaker of Parliament adjourned the meeting because of lack of quorum.

The issue of quorum was raised by the leader of Opposition Jeremiah Maneleand the Speaker gave an extra 15 minutes start time to allow members to turn up.

After 15 minutes, no further MPs show up, prompting the Speaker to adjourn the meeting to 9.30am today.

This is not the first time parliament was adjourned due to lack of quorum.

This practice has been heavily criticised many times before by members of the public.

Some used social media to call on MPs to be responsible and do their job.

The Solomon Star has observed that since parliament resumed last week, less than half of the members attended each sitting.

However, yesterday’s attendance was the lowest recorded since parliament started this year.

In the meantime, parliament did pass the Town and Country Planning (Amendment Bill) on Monday afternoon after a marathon session.


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