Parliament will resume its normal duties for the new year on January 16.
Parliament recess which starts on December 15, 2020 ends on January 15, 2021.
This is in accordance with the Standing Orders of Parliament, which had been amended by the current legislature during the First Ordinary session of Parliament at the beginning of last year.
The revised Standing Orders on the recess dates were changed under order 13 (8).
It states: “Under normal circumstances Parliament and its committees do not meet in the periods of December 15 to January 15 or July 15 to August 15.”
There are usually several recesses throughout a session and usually include Christmas.
During the recess all the parliamentary activities cease.
The Parliamentary Committees can meet to discuss their own agendas and Members of Parliament (MPs) can perform their duty assigned in different sections of these committees.
According to the revised standing orders of Parliament, “The First Ordinary Session of Parliament must commence on the second Thursday of May in the Calendar Year”.
Daily Post understands that an extraordinary session will be called before the first ordinary session, to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine that will be distributed in Vanuatu.