By HELEN TARAWA
IT is “highly” unlikely that the State of Emergency will be extended when it expires on June 2 next week, according to Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey.
Parliament is expected to sit next week to discuss what Government has decided on the state of emergency declared on March 23 in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ling-Stuckey did not elaborate on the matter but Prime Minister James Marape was reported last week to have said the same thing.
The state of emergency was initially for 14 days but was extended from April to June 2 by the Government after eight confirmed cases of the Covid-19 were reported in the country.
All have reportedly recovered but the Government is continuing its response plan to stop it from entering the country and containing its spread.
Meanwhile, the extension of the state of emergency will be the first item on the agenda when Parliament sits next week, says Acting Clerk to Parliament Kala Aufa.
He told The National that the recommendations of an emergency committee had been submitted to the controller David Manning.
Prime Minister James Marape is expected to address Parliament on the status of the Covid-19 response plan and stimulus package.
Aufa said the order of business for next week’s session was yet to be confirmed.
He said Parliament was expected to sit for two weeks.
Parliament in a special siting on April 2 passed four bills relating to the state of emergency by 96 votes.
They were the Quarantine (Amendment) Bill 2020, Emergency (Defence Force) Covid-19 Bill 2020, Pubic Health (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Emergency (General Provisions) Covid-19 Bill 2020.
By HELEN TARAWA