PNCR members get study tour of Parliament

first_imgAttorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, SC, who is the Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC), told a group of party members on Saturday that the Parliament represented accountability and transparency, and urged them to learn more about the workings of this body.Williams was at the time delivering the feature address at the opening of a one-dayAG and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams delivering remarks at the eventstudy tour by the Patriots – a PNCR group comprising mainly professionals –at Guyana’s Parliament.The tour was facilitated by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs and included presentations from other key staff of the Parliament.  Williams congratulated the Patriots and its Education Coordinator, Dr Taishan Shanks for the innovative exercise.“This what you have organised here today is very innovative and I must applaud you because it is in this hallowed chambers that decisions which affect the lives of all of us are made and I am pleased you are attempting today to understand the process…,” Williams remarked.He told the group that Parliament represented accountability and transparency, and explained the difference between the Parliament and the National Assembly. He also spoke about the place of Parliament in the doctrine of separation of powers.Attorney Williams emphasised the distinction between the British Parliament and that of Guyana. He made special note that in Britain the Parliament is supreme,Some of the Patriots membersbut in Guyana the Constitution is. “But where the Parliament passes laws in conformity with the prescription in the Constitution it was supreme, because the courts could not intervene in the substance of the legislation…”Williams also pointed out to the Patriots the seating arrangements in Parliament with the Government and Opposition facing each other. He said this physical adversarial outlook notwithstanding, should not deter Members of Parliament (MPs) from acting in the interest of the people of Guyana.During the study tour, the group heard presentations on the history of Parliament; definition of Parliament and the composition of the National Assembly; roles of MPs; parliamentary procedures; bill, and interpretation of parliamentary terms among other topics.last_img read more