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DOWNLOAD: Standing Orders and Rules of Parliament

WHEREaS section 139 of Constitution provides that— “139 (1) The proceedings of the Senate and the
National Assembly are regulated by rules known as Standing Orders which are made by the Houses
individually or jointly on the recommendations of the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders.

(2) Standing Orders may provide for— (a) the passing of Bills; (b) the appointment and functions of Committees
and the delegation of functions to them; (c) the way in which the powers, privileges and immunities of the Houses may be exercised and upheld; (d) the questioning of Ministers by Members of Parliament; (e) a code of conduct for Members of Parliament; (f) the exercise of the right of the public to petition Parliament; and (g) generally, the regulation and orderly conduct of business and proceedings in and between the Houses.

(3) The procedures and processes of Parliament and its committees, as provided for in Standing Orders, must promote transparency, must encourage the involvement of Members of all political parties in Parliament and the public, and must be fair and just.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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