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NAPC sets provisional date for election of new National Assembly Speaker

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Parliament has confirmed that the election of the new Speaker of the National Assembly was provisionally set during the NACP weekly meeting, following Thandi Modise’s ministerial appointment.

The Parliament of South Africa issued a statement on Thursday, 12 August 2021, confirming that the election of the National Assembly Speaker has been provisionally set. Parliament announced that the National Assembly Programme Committee (NAPC), at its regular weekly meeting, had provisionally scheduled Thursday, 19 August 2021, for the election of the new National Assembly Speaker.

The election is said to be scheduled for the National Assembly plenary sitting on the day, which would be subject to confirmation with the Office of the Chief Justice as the Chief Justice is to preside over the election, if not, a judge designated by him. Parliament has explained that the National Assembly Speaker was drawn from the 14 political parties of the 400-member National Assembly.

If it is found that there is more than one nomination for the position of the Speaker, then National Assembly members will be expected to vote by means of a secret ballot, which this would require the physical presence of members of Parliament. Parliament stated that appropriate measures had been put in place to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols. The election is prompted by the former Speaker, Thandi Modise’s new ministerial appointment.

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