PARLIAMENT APPROVES VT600,000 EACH IN ARREARS FOR ALL MPS

Parliament passed yesterday the Bill for the Parliament (Members’ Expenses and Allowances) Act No. of 2020.

The Bill amends the Parliament (Members’ Expenses and Allowances) Act (CAP 109).

Article 28 (1) of the constitution provides that the life of Parliament continues 4 years from the date of its election.

Therefore the amendment provides for a Member of Parliament to be paid in arrears his or her responsibility allowances from the polling day in which he or she is elected in the relevant election.

Responsibility allowance is an allowance where a Member of Parliament is entitled to be paid in arrears his or her responsibility allowances from the date on which he or she is elected. To avoid doubt, the date on which the Member of Parliament is elected is the polling day for the relevant election.

The current members of Parliament (MPs) in the 12th Legislature, will receive a total amount of Vt35 million in arrears for the period 19th March 2020 to April 20, 2020.

Each MP will receive over Vt600,000 each.

According to reliable sources with the Parliamentary Secretariat, this has been done before. After a general election successful candidates and MPs elect are entitled to the paid amount but wait until after being officially sworn in, before they are paid Vt600,000 each.

Other Bills passed by parliament yesterday were the Bill for the Decentralization (Amendment) Act No. of 2020, the Bill for the Municipalities (Amendment) Act No. of 2020, the Bill for the Supplementary Appropriation (2020) Act No. of 2020.

Yesterday afternoon, the Parliament approved the Motions for the Constitution of a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Account, the Motion for the Constitution of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Foreign Policies, Motion on Constitution of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Institutional and Constitutional Affairs and Motion on Constitution of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Affairs.

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