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Maneaba Ni Maungatabu (House of Assembly)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Maneaba Ni Maungatabu / House of Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title Speaker of the House of Assembly
Term - duration: 4 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution
Appointment - elected by all the Members
- election is held at the first sitting of the newly elected Assembly or when a vacancy occurs
- after Members are sworn in
Eligibility - any qualified person who is not a Member of the House of Assembly
- candidatures must be submitted by a Member of the House of Assembly
- candidatures must be supported by another Member of the House of Assembly
Voting system - if three candidatures, or less, are submitted : a vote by secret ballot is held. A simple majority required
- if more than three candidatures are submitted : half of the candidates are elected in the first round, then further rounds are held until only two candidates are left ; the one who obtains a majority of the votes cast is then elected
Procedures / results - the Chief Justice presides over the House of Assembly during the voting
Status - in the absence of the Speaker, a private Member elected by the House of Assembly for that sitting, can assume his/her role and functions
Material facilities NA (no information received)
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time
- examines the admissibility of questions, petitions, bills and amendments
- examines the admissibility of request for setting up committees and/or committees of enquiry, proposes or decides on the setting up of such committees
Chairing of public sittings - can open and close sittings within the framework of the Standing Orders
- - can suspend sittings for short periods
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the House of Assembly
- 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, decides how it is to be carried out, verifies the voting procedure and cancels a vote in the event of irregularities
- checks the quorum
Special powers - is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the House of Assembly
Speaking and voting rights, other functions NA (no information received)

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