Apologies – Correction of Error
The second paragraph of Bill Watch 15/2018 stated the date of the automatic dissolution of Parliament as 29th June 2018 instead of the correct date, 29th July 2018, as highlighted in the corrected extract below. The date was stated correctly in the rest of the article
BILL WATCH 15/2018
13th June 2018
Parliament Now in Recess Until the Elections
At close of business last Thursday, 7th June 2018, both Houses adjourned until 31st July, the day after polling day in the coming election.
This was Parliament’s way of saying that it does not intend to meet again before its automatic dissolution atmidnight on 29th July in terms of section 144(1) of the Constitution. That section provides that “Parliament is elected for a five-year term … and stands dissolved at midnight on the day before the first polling day in the next general election”].
Note: Only the President has the power to override Parliament’s decision. Section 146 of the Constitution allows him to summon Parliament at any time to conduct “special business”.
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