By ZEDAIAH KANAU
FINANCE Minister Rainbo Paita has asked the court to determine whether it was proper for Opposition Leader Belden Namah to move a motion without notice on Nov 13 to adjourn its sitting.
Namah had moved that Parliament be adjourned to Dec 1.
The motion was passed after some MPs on the government side had joined the Opposition.
Supreme Court judge Justice Colin Makail adjourned the case to Dec 11 to give time to interested parties to join.
Paita wants the court to determine:
- WHETHER the decision of Parliament on Nov 13 to suspend the standing orders of Parliament affected the applicability and enforceability of the Organic Law on the Calling of the Meetings of Parliament;
- WHETHER the time and dates for any meetings of the Parliament, other than the first meeting after a general election, can be fixed by the Parliament on motion without notice by an MP who is not a minister;
- WHETHER the motion without notice by Namah was moved consistent with the Constitution, the Organic Laws and the spirit of the Constitution;
- WHETHER the decision of Parliament to adjourn Parliament to Dec 1, was consistent with the Constitution, other Constitutional laws and the spirit of the Constitution; and,
- WHETHER the action of the Speaker to overrule the decision of Parliament on Nov 13 by his announcement on Nov 16 to convene Parliament on Nov 17, and his conduct of meeting of Parliament on Nov 17, were within his jurisdiction.