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Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Representatives
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
Title Speaker of the House of Representatives
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: if he/she ceases to be a Membre, if he is appointed Minister or Parliamentary Secretary, if he/she ceases to be a Commomwealth citizen (this occurs for the Speaker elected from among who are not parliamentarians) ; in case of dissolution of the House or death
Appointment - elected by all Members of the House
- election is held when the House first meets after general elections, or when the office of the Speaker is vacant
- after Members' mandates are validated and before Members are sworn in
Eligibility - any Member of the House, except a Minister or a Parliamentary Secretary or any person who is not parlementarian, may be a candidate
Voting system - formal vote (if there are several candidates) by secret ballot
- simple majority is required
- if no candidate obtains the majority in the first round, several round are held and the candidates who obtainthe smallest number of voters have to withdraw until one candidate receives the required majority
Procedures / results - the Clerk presides over the House during the voting
- the Clerk supervises the voting
- the Clerk announces the results without any delay
- no procedure is foreseen for challenging the results
Status - ranks sixth in the hierarchy of State
- may be called upon, after the President of the Senate as acting the Head of State in the event of the latter's absence
- follows the President of the Senate in the order of precedence
- both Presidents preside together over joint sittings of both Chambers
- is a joint President of the Grenada Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
- in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker can assume his/her role and functions
Material facilities - monthly salary
- travelling allowance
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes other sessions than those which are regularly scheduled
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the House
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives and withdraws permission to speak
- calls for a vote
- interprets the rules or other regulations governing the life of the House
Special powers The Speaker has a consultative role in:
- establishing the House's budget
- recruiting, assigning and promoting staff
- appointing the Clerk
- organizing the services of the House
- is responsible for relations with foreign Parliaments
- is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the House
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - takes part in voting, if the vote are equally divided and if he/she is electedfrom among Members of the House

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