PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE ACT

Arrangement of Sections

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title and commencement

   2.   Interpretation

PART II
THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE

   3.   Seal of Parliamentary Service

   4.   Functions of Parliamentary Service

   5.   Clerk of National Assembly

   6.   Qualifications of Clerk

   7.   Appointment of officers

PART III
THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE COMMISSION

   8.   Seal of Parliamentary Service Commission

   9.   Functions of Commission

   10.   Power to appoint

   11.   Composition of Commission

   12.   Proceedings of Commission

   13.   Committees of Commission

   14.   Secretary of Commission

   15.   Emoluments

   16.   Disclosure of interest

   17.   Prohibition of publication or disclosure of information to unauthorised persons

   18.   Immunity of members

   19.   Oath on appointment

PART IV
FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

   20.   Funds of Parliamentary Service and Commission

   21.   Financial year

   22.   Accounts and audit

   23.   Annual report

PART V
GENERAL PROVISIONS

   24.   Existing staff

   25.   Regulations

   26.   Repeal of Cap. 257

 

AN ACT

to provide for the functions of the Parliamentary Service; provide for the membership, functions, operations and financial management of the Parliamentary Service Commission; to provide for the transfer of staff and continuation of their service under the Parliamentary Service; and to provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.

[On Notice]

Act 12 of 2016.

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

1.   Short title and commencement

This Act may be cited as the Parliamentary Service Act and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by statutory instrument, appoint.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“Clerk” means the Clerk of the National Assembly appointed in accordance with the Constitution and this Act;

“Commission” means the Parliamentary Service Commission established in accordance with the Constitution;

“Emoluments Commission” means the Emoluments Commission established under Article 232 of the Constitution;

“Leader of Government Business” has the meaning assigned to it in the Constitution;

“Leader of the Opposition” has the meaning assigned to it in the Constitution;

“National Assembly” includes a committee, sub-committee or other group or body of members or officers of the National Assembly appointed by or with the authority of the National Assembly for purposes of carrying out a function or representing the National Assembly;

“Officer” means a member of staff of the Parliamentary Service, and includes a person acting in an office of the Parliamentary Service;

“Parliamentary Service” means the Parliamentary Service established under Article 217 of the Constitution;

“Secretary” means the Clerk of the National Assembly;

“Secretary to the Treasury” means the Secretary to the Treasury appointed in accordance with Article 183 of the Constitution;

“Speaker” means a person elected Speaker under the Constitution; and

“Vice-Chairperson” means the person elected as Vice-Chairperson of the Commission under section 5.

PART II
THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE

3.   Seal of Parliamentary Service

   (1) The seal of the Parliamentary Service shall be such device as may be determined by the Clerk and shall be kept by the Clerk.

   (2) The affixing of the seal shall be authenticated by the Clerk or one other person authorised in that behalf by the Clerk.

   (3) Any contract or instrument which, if entered into or executed by a person not being a body corporate, would not be required to be under seal, may be entered into or executed without seal on behalf of the Parliamentary Service by the Clerk or any other person generally or specifically authorized by the Clerk in that behalf.

   (4) Any document purporting to be a document under the seal of the Parliamentary Service or issued on behalf of the Parliamentary Service shall be received in evidence and shall be executed or issued, as the case may be, without any further proof, unless the contrary is proved.

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