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#MondayMeme: Exposition on some Parliamentary Terms (O-Z)

In this episode of Monday Meme, we continue our series on key parliamentary terms relevant for gaining a vast understanding of the legislature

: This is the printed schedule for a particular day. It is the House program bearing motions, Bills, and even committee meetings and other matters fixed for a particular date.

The order paper serves as the parliament’s agenda for a particular day as scheduled by the business and rules committee.

ORDER OF BUSINESS: This refers to the sequence of the things or issues to be considered on the floor of the House for each legislative day. 

The Order of Business is set out on the Order and Notice Papers respectively.

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PETITION: This enables interest groups (communities, organisations) and even private citizens to convey and express their support or disapproval for particular legislation. 

POINT OF ORDER: This is used to enforce or observe rules or established procedures.

A point of order is raised to insist upon enforcement when a member observes a breach of order or violation of a rule.

However, it must be raised timeously before the irregularity or breach passes or while the particular question is still pending.

PLENARY SESSIONS: This refers to the period in time for a formal assembly of the chamber for the purpose of lawmaking.

For the National Assembly, a session constitutionally consists of not less than 181 days within a legislative year.

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QUORUM: This is the number of members required, usually during a plenary session to transact the business of the day and to legally validate any action taken during such a session. 

RECESS: Recess is a  longer break of the House at the end of a session. It differs from the routine adjournment that occurs after a plenary sitting.

RESOLUTION: This refers to a formal declaration of parliament decided by vote, expressing the ‘prevailing’ opinion of the legislature on a particular subject matter.

SITTINGS: refer to meetings or hearing periods of the legislative assembly within a session or legislative year. 

STANDING ORDERS/RULES: are written rules formulated by each House to guide its own proceedings.

In Nigeria, it is called “Rules” in the Senate and “Standing Orders” in the House of Representatives. They usually last until the end of a session or Legislative Assembly.

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TERM OF OFFICE: Period of time for which a person is elected.

VETO: The power of the President or Governor of a State to reject or refuse to sign a bill passed by the Legislature. 

VOTES: refers to the formal expression of the collective view or decision of the entire Chamber showing approval or disapproval. It could be by voice, division, or recorded. 

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS: These are official verbatim minutes of a chamber’s plenary sessions.

UNICAMERAL: A legislature with only one chamber.

YEAS AND NAYS: Recorded votes of members on an issue.

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Monday Meme is a special public programme by OrderPaper designed to break down esoteric terminologies, processes, and procedures of the legislature.

Sharon Eboesomi
Sharon Eboesomi
Sharon is a creative individual with excellent people skills and great devotion to work. She holds a B. A. in Theatre Arts and is actively involved in research and news reporting at OrderPaper Nigeria
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