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House of Reps amends Standing Order on election of presiding officers

The House of Representatives on Thursday amended its Standing Orders to henceforth allow open voting for election of presiding officers.

This followed unanimous adoption of a report by the ad hoc Committee on Review of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives at plenary on Thursday.

According to the new rule, members shall clearly state and make open candidates of their choice for the presiding officers.

Presenting the report, chairman of the committee, Rep. Ihonvbere Julius (APC-Edo) urged the house to consider and approve it.

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After several amendments, the house also approved for the Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly to conduct election for members-elect of the house on the day of inauguration.

The amendment is aimed at saving time on the day of inauguration as the clerk usually conducts election in the senate before going to the house to do same.

Among other developments, the parliamentarians also agreed that the National Pledge be recited daily after the opening prayers before legislative activities start.

The house thereafter, adjourned plenary till Sept. 17.

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