GUYANA: Govt. proposes motion to alter quorum to stymie efforts of Public Accounts Committee

 – says Committee Chairman Jermaine Figueira

Jermaine Figueira

According to a statement issued by Figueira, who is also an A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Member of Parliament (MP), the proposed amendment will make way for the PAC to mimic the standing order of the Parliamentary Management Committee, which provides for five members to be a quorum of which– two members represent government, two represent the opposition and in which the speaker or deputy speaker is the Chairman.     

DIAGRAM — PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE

Figueira explained that the current quorum for a PAC meeting is three members, irrespective of party affiliation, which makes it vastly different from all other committees of the Parliament and provides for a more independent and apolitical environment.

According to the Chair, the proposed motion by the Minister, who is also member of the PAC (which in fact should not have government ministers), seeks to change a quorum to five members to stymie the work of the committee.

“We in the APNU+AFC are confident that the effect of this motion will be that by their mere non-attendance, the PPP will stymie the functioning of the PAC rendering it impotent and nonfunctional,” he said.

The APNU+AFC MP noted that the change of the quorum will also impact negatively on the committees’ ability to ensure accountability and transparency in the expenditures.

He noted that since the 12th Parliament, the PAC has been carrying out its mandate and meeting on every statutory date, and our work has been executed in a very efficient manner.

He explained, “We see this as another attempt to slow down the work of the PAC by the PPP, to ensure that fewer meetings are held, and on occasions if they do not want certain agencies examined, they can now prevent that by simply not attending PAC.”

Further, Figueira noted that the other APNU+AFC MPs are alarmed that the matter has never been discussed at the level of the PAC, although the mover of the motion is a member of the said committee.
“We are concerned that this motion is being brought directly to the House and not via the Standing Orders Committee which is the long established and correct route…

It is noteworthy that none other than the Speaker of the National Assembly is the Chairman of the Standing Orders Committee, and he has never called a single meeting of the committee since the life of the 12th Parliament began in August 2020,” Figueira said.
As such, the party is convinced, more than ever, that the PPP/C administration is not concerned with good governance, transparency and accountability of the people’s resources of this country.

“We call on the Speaker to act and the people of Guyana to speak out against this deliberate act to prevent scrutiny, hinder the proper examination of national expenditures and to limit the PAC’s work to hold government and accounting officers accountable,” Figueira added.

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Comments

  • Georgy Porgy  On 04/10/2022 at 12:16 pm

    This government will do and try every trick in the book to maintain a totalitarian style of governance. Guyanese people need to stand up against such tactics. With all the oil money flowing into Guyana, this government want to control it ALL!!!!

    • Dennis Albert  On 04/10/2022 at 8:35 pm

      Remember that the PPP back then was funded by drugs money; now they got embezzled oil monies in their portfolio to fund Phantom Squads and execute dissidents like Waddell.

  • wally n  On 04/10/2022 at 2:12 pm

    MAYBE …..you should forgive dem po Guyanese,dey busy saving the Ukraine.they will get back to you…don’t worry

  • Maureen Wickham uk  On 04/10/2022 at 2:19 pm

    I want to know why that fool Doris is in Ukraine . He should look after his country and stop using tax payers money to send drones and amunition .

  • wally n  On 04/10/2022 at 2:53 pm

    Listen..if the Government says..looka dey…naw look. the clinging noise is ya lil coin escaping. pay attention. Starvation is expected when ya broke, Starvation when ya suppose to have a few bucks, hurts like hell. New look dey…please.

  • Dennis Albert  On 04/10/2022 at 8:34 pm

    I’ve noticed that if you post educational comments regarding the risk of autocratic censorship in the newly established Latin American oil Dubai of the Caribbean, you get censored or banned on the Disqus boards.

  • theonly  On 04/13/2022 at 12:05 pm

    The present GoG is making it so easy for my people to get back in power, (drill and pump baby)

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