Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2016. 1:16 p.m. CST.
By Zoila Palma: The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a press release yesterday stating the party is pleased with Cabinet’s heeding to the call of the people by now deciding to support a Senate Special Select committee inquiry into the Auditor General’s Special Audit report.
The party expressed concern that the Cabinet would dictate to the Senate what the composition of the Senate Select committee should be. The release states that it is a matter that the Senate should decide not the Cabinet.
The PUP made a referral to Standing order #69 which states that the Special Senate committee shall be appointed by the order of the Senate and shall specify the terms of reference of the committee and shall consist of such and so many senators as directed by the Senate.
The release goes on to state that the people of Belize are demanding a Special Select committee whose model is fair and objective to investigate these matters. This committee calls for one member from government, one from the opposition, one from the unions, one from the business sector and one from the churches. It also calls on that committee to decide who will chair the committee. These terms of reference were clearly laid out at the Senate meeting on August 31 and presented by Senator Michel Chebat, the PUP said.
Any counter proposals on the composition of this committee by any of the Senators should be tabled in the Senate for debate among the senators in order for a resolution to be passed on what the composition of the committee would be, the PUP continued.
The release ends by stating that the PUP calls on the President of the Senate to swiftly call a special Senate meeting to re-introduce a motion requesting a Special Select Committee to conduct a public investigation into the findings of the Auditor General’s Special audit report on Immigration for the period of 2011- 2013.
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