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– under strict Covid-19 guidelines at Arthur Chung Conference Center
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance, Ms. Gail Teixeira, on Thursday announced that His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, in pursuance of the powers conferred upon him by Article 69 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana, has issued Proclamation Number 1 of 2020 declaring September 1, 2020 as the date for the sitting of the Twelfth Parliament.
President Ali, also in pursuance of Article 69 (1) of the Constitution, has designated the Arthur Chung Conference Centre at 5E Half Orchid Drive, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown as the place where a session of the Twelfth Parliament shall be held at 10:00 hours.
The Proclamation also states that this venue shall begin and remain as such until advice is received from the Minister of Health that the safety measures including social distancing, with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer necessary. Once this is done, sittings will be held in the Parliament Chamber, Public Building, Brickdam, Georgetown.
By Proclamation dated December 27, 2019 issued under Article 70 (2) of the Constitution, the Eleventh Parliament of Guyana was dissolved on December 30, 2019. All the parties to be represented in the 12th Parliament have announced the names of their MPs. At the first sitting the MPs will be sworn-in after which they will elect and speaker and deputy speaker as well opposition leader and the various chief whips. This will be followed by an address by President Ali.