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Posted: Monday, July 11, 2022. 9:58 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Chair of the Joint Public Accounts Committee (JPAC) of the National Assembly, the United Democratic Party’s Tracey Taegar-Panton, has been asked to convene a meeting of the committee “at the earliest practical date” by the four non-aligned Senators who are members of the Committee.
In the alternative, they say, they would move to do so as members per House of Representatives Standing Orders 74 (1) (a), which grants Committees power to meet without having matters referred to them by the House. The Standing Order also allows for meetings to be called by any two members writing to other members of the Committee if the Chairman is unable to request a meeting.

According to the Senators – Kevin Herrera representing the Business Community; Janelle Chanona representing Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO); Elena Smith representing trade unions and civil society; and Reverend Moses Benguche representing the churches – the last such meeting was originally called for April 4, rescheduled for April 25, and ultimately not held.

However, just one meeting has been held through the first half of 2022 and only three since the committee was formed last year, which the writers say “is concerning and rapidly becoming unacceptable.”
Меmbеrѕhір соnѕіѕtѕ оf, frоm thе Ноuѕе, Раntоn аnd Нugо Раtt frоm thе Орроѕіtіоn Unіtеd Dеmосrаtіс Раrtу (UDР); Јulіuѕ Еѕраt, Каrееm Мuѕа, Dоlоrеѕ Ваldеrаmоѕ-Gаrсіа аnd Кеvіn Веrnаrd frоm thе gоvеrnіng Реорlе’ѕ Unіtеd Раrtу (РUР); аnd Ѕеnаtоrѕ Кеvіn Неrrеrа (Вuѕіnеѕѕ), Еlеnа Ѕmіth (Тrаdе Unіоnѕ аnd Сіvіl Ѕосіеtу) аnd Chanona, replacing Osmany Salas.

 

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