What it means: Automatic dissolution of Parliament has consequences
Parliament’s automatic dissolution on Monday, March 5, 2018, is a first for Barbados and many Barbadians are out to sea as to what it means.
Even a Minister confessed to Loop News off the record today, “It’s strange.”
So, what does the dissolution really mean?
Well Loop went to the Constitution of Barbados and tried to seek some clarity for citizens.
Bye-bye Senate and senators!
CHAPTER V – PARLIAMENT, Part 1 – Composition of Parliament
Section 39 – Tenure of seats of Senators. (1) a. The seat of a Senator shall become vacant upon the next dissolution of Parliament after he has been appointed;
Members of Parliament are gone with the wind too.
Section 45 - Tenure of seats of members of Assembly. (1) The seat of a member of the House of Assembly shall become vacant upon the next dissolution of Parliament after he has been appointed.
CHAPTER V – PARLIAMENT, Part 3 – Summoning, Prorogation and Dissolution
This covers Section 60 – Sessions of Parliament; Section 61 – Prorogation and dissolution of Parliament; and Section 62 – General election and appointment of Senators.
Section 61 (5) If, between a dissolution of Parliament and the next ensuing general election of members to the House of Assembly, an emergency arises of such a nature that, in the opinion of the Prime Minister, it is necessary for the two Houses or either of them to be summoned before that general election can be held, the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, may summon the two Houses of the preceding Parliament, and that Parliament shall thereupon be deemed (except for the purposes of section 62) not to have been dissolved but shall be deemed (except as aforesaid) to be dissolved on the date on which the polls are held in the next ensuing general election.
Writs issued yet?
Section 62. (1) After every dissolution of Parliament the Governor-General shall issue writs for a general election of members of appointment the House of Assembly returnable within ninety days from that dissolution.
Ministers remain in their post until the bell rings.
Did you know these facts already?