PNC to march into Parliament

Stabroek News
July 15, 1998

The People's National Congress (PNC) will be marching triumphantly into parliament, according to its leader, Desmond Hoyte.

He told Stabroek News Tuesday that the march will be led by the PNC parliamentarians who will be taking up their seats in the National Assembly for the first time since the December 15 general elections.

Legislation which enabled this to be done was passed on Friday and allowed the PNC to extract the names of the twenty-two persons it had originally forwarded to sit in parliament. They lost their seats because of non-attendance at six consecutive sessions in a two-calendar month period, without being excused by the Speaker of the Assembly, Derek Jagan SC.

The legislation also facilitated the re-election of the three regional parliamentarians from Region Four (Demerara/Mahaica) Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni) and Ten (Upper Demerara/Upper Essequibo) as the parliamentary representatives for their respective regions. These regions are controlled by the PNC.

These parliamentarians also lost their seats as a result of their non-attendance. They were re-elected by these councils on Monday, after they had been notified by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Frank Narain that the seats of their representatives had been vacated.