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Senate passes 46 bills in 10 minutes

Yvonne Williams

The Senate on Wednesday passed 46 bills into law within 10 minutes, although earlier the bills had been passed by the House of Representatives in the outgoing Seventh Assembly.

The bills were introduced by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang.

According to Punch newspaper, this development lead to some arguments and side talk but the Senate President, David Mark, had the final say when he called for a voice vote, and ruled in favour of those in support of the passage.

Mark asked those who were not in agreement  with the passage of the bills to raise objections in writing  at plenary on Thursday.

The Senate had earlier suspended Order 79 (1) of the Senate Standing Orders, creating the impression that all the Bills had passed first, second and third readings on the floor of the Senate and concur to same.

Meanwhile,  Mark has said the Senate will continue further deliberations on the controversial Fourth Alteration Bill, which seeks to further amend the 1999 Constitution, on Thursday.

He also added that the  valedictory session to formally close the Seventh Senate would  also be held on Thursday.