National Assembly to Consider Criminal Offences Bill, Others

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By: Kebba AF Touray

As the Gambian Legislature gears up for the upcoming ordinary session, certain bills are expected to be considered by the legislature.

These Bills include the criminal Offences, Legal Practitioners, and Elections Bills respectively, which were tabled before the plenary by the Justice Minister during the last ordinary session.

This, as indicated in the approved agenda for the session by the Office of the Clerk, is expected to be held on Monday 8 to 10th July 2024, and all the sittings have been scheduled to start at 10:00 am.

The Clerk’s Office says: “The National Assembly is scheduled to continue the consideration stage of the Criminal Offences Bill 2020 on Monday, 8 July 2024. The Assembly is also scheduled to consider the Legal Practitioners Bill, 2023 Elections Bill 2021, and the Intellectual Property Bill, 2023 respectively in line with Standing Order 72”.

On Wednesday, 10 July, the Office indicated that the lawmakers are expected to witness the second edition of questions for Oral answers, during which lawmakers will raise critical questions on important state matters, for Cabinet Ministers to respond to issues related to their Ministries.

As indicated by the Office of the Clerk, Hon. Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Seedy Keita; Hon. Attorney General & Minister for Justice, Dawda A Jallow; Hon. Minister for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, AbdoulieJobe; Hon. Minister for Agriculture, DembaSabally; Hon. Minister for Youth and Sports, BakaryBadgie and Hon. Minister for Lands and Regional Government, Hamat Bah, respectively are scheduled to appear before lawmakers for the said questions for oral answers on Wednesday.

“On Thursday, 11th July, the assembly is scheduled to witness the laying of papers and Report of the Gambian Delegation to the 148th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Geneva, Switzerland 23 – 27 March 2024,” indicated the Clerk’s Office. 

Another report that is arranged to be laid before the assembly is the report of the Gambian Delegation to the Extra-Ordinary Session of the Sixth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa 20th – 27 March 2024, by the Head of Delegation. 

“In line with Standing Order 61 (2), the National Assembly is expected to witness the laying of the resolution on the Report of the National Assembly Petitions Committee on the Petitions from concerned Staff of the Gambia Tourism Board, by the Chairperson of the committee,” said the Office.