“A Report will soon be tabled to the Cabinet on the status and readiness of Parliament”.
Those were the comments made by Mr. Nemani Mati, the former Deputy Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office, and a member of the five (5) panel Working Group committee tasked with the responsibility of looking into the status and readiness of Parliament.
“Based on their Terms of Reference, a status report will be provided to the Government which entails areas that needs to be improved and the successive implementation plan,” said Mr. Mati.
With general elections scheduled for September 2014, the Parliament needs to be in proper shape to ensure that the incoming Parlimentarians carry out their roles and functions effectively.
The Working Group Committee entailed the following recommendations for Parliamentary reform in their report:
The Parliamentary Working Group Committee was appointed on duration of one (1) month.
The five (5) member committee comprised of Ms. Mary Chapman, former Secretary-General to Parliament, Veniana McGoon, the former Secretary to Senate, Mr. Edward Blakelock, Ms. Meraia Voka and Mr. Mati.