By Staff Reporter
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Tsitsi Gezi told legislators yesterday that the Parliamentary Legal Committee (PLC) had given an adverse report on the controversial Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill (MOPA).
MOPA is meant to replace the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) which has become inconsistent with the country’s new constitution.
The Bill received wide condemnation during the public hearings that were conducted by Parliament around the country.
The PLC issues an adverse report when it considers that any provision in a Bill contravenes or if enacted, would contravene any provision of the Constitution, particularly the Declaration of Rights.
According to legal experts, the issuing of the adverse report means that the National Assembly cannot proceed to the Second Reading stage – where the Minister explains the principles of the Bill and the respective Portfolio Committee presents its report from public hearings conducted on the Bill – until the House has debated and voted on the adverse report.
The House may adopt or reject the recommendations of the PLC. If the House rejects the PLC report, the Bill proceeds to Second Reading. If the House adopts the adverse report, the Bill falls away.
Speaking in the National Assembly Honourable Gezi said “I wish to inform the House that I have received an Adverse Report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee on the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill,” she said.