By Lamin Sanyang


Honourable Halifa Sallah, National Assembly Member for Serrekunda has called on parliamentarians to properly scrutinize the committee selection of the National Assembly.

Sallah’s intervention came shortly after the Deputy Speaker Hon. Momodou LK Sanneh moved the report of the Committee of Selection on the composition of the Committees and International Delegations of the National Assembly 2017–2022.

“Madam Speaker, I have not seen the Standing Order Committee,” Halifa Sallah said.

The outspoken politician has referred the honourable assembly to Standing Order 75 of the National Assembly. He said it is the key of parliamentary democracy without which the National Assembly would not be able to function. He also indicated that the committee should be selected in such a way that every party will be reflected in it.

“I want to make a motion to adjourn the discussion on this particular session for members to fully scrutinize the selection to find out whether it is line with the Standing Orders, ” he pointed out.

The motion was seconded by Honourable Ousman Sillah of Banjul North Constituency.

The Honourable Speaker Mariam Jack Denton before adjourning the session admitted that the documents were only circulated few hours back which she said does not allow enough space and time for the members to go through it. Subsequently, she then adjourned the session to Thursday, April 20, 2017.