HOUSE OF PEOPLES’ REPRESENTATIVES WORKING PROCEDURE AND MEMBERS’ CODE OF CONDUCT (AMENDMENT) PROCLAMATION no. 470/2005


FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA HOUSE OF PEOPLES’ REPRESENTATIVES WORKING PROCEDURE AND MEMBERS’ CODE OF CONDUCT (AMENDMENT) PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, it is important to enable the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia House of Peoples’

Representatives to effectively discharge its powers and functions as well as the responsibility vested with by the public as enshrined in the Constitution;

WHEREAS, it is appropriate to organize the working mechanisms and structures of the Committees of the House in consideration of the Federal Government Organs structures;

WHEREAS, it is necessary to clearly legislate for the rights and duties of members of the House as well as organization and role of party whips that have seat in the House;

WHEREAS, it is proper to make the working procedure and code of conduct of the House consistent with the Constitution and international parliamentarian tenets as well as to promote democratic traits and encourage transparency;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with Articles 55(1) and 59(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, it is hereby proclaimed as follows:

PART ONE  GENERAL

1.Short Title

This proclamation may be cited as the “Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia House of Peoples’ Representatives Working Procedure and Members’ Code of Conduct (Amendment) Proclamation No. 470/2005”

2.Definitions

In this proclamation, unless the context otherwise requires:

1/ “Constitution” means the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia;

2/ “House” means the House of Peoples’ Representatives established in accordance with Article 53 of the Constitution;

3/“Committee” means Standing, Ad hoc… Committee established by the House to undertake a certain activity whenever necessary;

4/ “Standing Committee” means a body set up by the House to enhance the duty of the House within the boundary of the powers and functions given to it under this proclamation;

5/ “Ad hoc Committee” means a body established by the House whenever it feels there is an urgent situation and where deemed necessary to carry out activities that may not be directly undertaken by other Committees;

6/ “Sub Committee” means a Committee set up by any of the Committees of the House from among its members with a view to act upon its work effectively;

7/ “Standing Sub Committee” means a Committee set up by the House to act as a supporting body whenever the Standing Committee is under a heavy workload.

8/ “Coordinating Committee” means a committee, which comprises the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House, the chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of the Standing Committees and head of the Secretariat of the House.

9/ “Resource Person” means a person or body invited to expound their views on draft laws of the House or committees of the House as the case may be;

10/ “First Reading” means the reading and discussion process held on the basic content of the draft law to be endorsed by the House or to be referred to the pertinent Standing committee for further scrutiny.

11/ “Second Reading” means the discussion on the report and recommendations of the Standing Committee, to which the draft law was referred by the House for further scrutiny subsequent to the first reading.

12/“Third Reading” means the discussion of the House on the returned draft law which was referred to the Standing Committee for further re-examination subsequent to the second reading.

13/“Technical Correction” means rectification of errors of language or otherwise which in no way modifies the substance of the given law.

14/ “Government Bodies” means institution that are directly oversighted by the House or Committees and budgeted by Government.

15/ “Government Whips” means members of the House represented by the political party or coalition of political parties that got majority seat in the House to coordinate activities of their respective party(s).

16/ “Main Opposition Party Whips” means members of the House represented by a political party that has got the next number of seat to the party or coalition of parties that formed government to coordinate the activity of the party in the House.

17/ “Whips of the Second Opposition Party” means members of the House that are represented by the party that has got majority seat in the House next to the main opposition party to coordinate activities of the party in the House.

18/ “Government Draft Law” means a draft law prepared and presented by the Council of Ministers.

PART TWO

STRUCTURE, MAJOR FUNCTIONS AND WORKING PROCEDURES OF THE HOUSE

3. General Structure of the House of Peoples’ Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

1/ The House of Peoples’ Representatives of the
Federal Democratic Republic Of Ethiopia Shall have the following structure

(a) General Assembly of the House (b) Office of the Speaker

(c) Committees

(d) Secretariat of the House

(e) Party Whips
(f) Sergeant at Arms

2/ Whereas the powers and duties of organs listed under Sub Article 1 above are provided by this proclamation, powers and duties of the Secretariat of the House are, however, provided by the proclamation for its establishment.

3/ Although the organs listed under Sub Article 1 above exist, the House may establish other organs whenever it deems necessary.

4. General Functions of the House

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s House of Peoples’ Representatives shall have the following functions as enshrined in the Constitution:

1/ enact laws;

2/ call and question the Prime Minister and other Federal officials to investigate the Executive’s conduct and discharge of its responsibilities and power to take decisions or measures it deems necessary;

3/ Approve various appointments;

4/ establish and organize committees that are necessary to accomplish its works; as well as hear their reports

Procedure of the House

5.1 Types of meeting, Quorum and Decision Making Procedure of the House

1/ The House shall have the following types of meeting:

(a) Regular Meeting
(b) Extraordinary Meeting

(c) Special Meeting (d) Closed Meeting

2/ As stated in Article 58(1) of the Constitution of F.D.R.E the presence of more than half of the members of the House constitute a quorum.

3/ Subject to Article 59(1) of the Constitution of

F.D.R.E, all decisions of the House shall be by a majority vote of the members of the House.

6. Legislation Procedures

1/ The House of Peoples’ Representatives shall legislate laws by enacting new laws, amending, and repealing old ones, by ratifying international treaties and agreements and by passing various decisions.

2/ Where as the principal body of draft law intiator is the government, the following bodies shall have the power to initiate draft laws:

(a) Government
(b) the House of the Federation

(c) the Speaker
(d) Federal Supreme Court

(e) Committees of the House

(f) Members of the House

(g) other governmental institutions directly accountable to the House

3/ The bodies specified in Sub-Article 2( b ), (d) and (g) above, may initiate draft laws within their jurisdiction given to them by law.

4/ Notwithstanding the provision of Sub-article (2) above, the power to initiate draft financial law is subject only to the government.

5/ Any draft law to be presented in accordance with Sub-Article 2(f) above shall be in writing and supported by the signature of at least 20 members of the House including the initiator and should be submitted to the Speaker

6/ Any draft law shall be submitted to the House through the Speaker.

7/ First Reading

(a) The Speaker shall present the summary of the draft law and open the floor for deliberation on the content of the draft law in general.

(b) Unless there is a condition to enact the draft law as a law at this level, it shall be numbered and referred to the concerned committee(s) by the Speaker up on winding up the deliberation.

(c) In case the draft law could not be distributed to members before 48 hours due to its urgency, it shall be deliberated up on after it is fully read to the House.

8/ When executing Sub Article (7)(b), the pertinent committee inspecting the draft law referred to it shall require at least 20 working days to submit its proposal on the draft law to the House, unless the draft law to be passed is urging for an immediate enactment.
9/ Second Reading

(a) the Speaker of the House shall cause the standing committee read the report on the draft law referred to it after the first reading with its recommendations and suggestions.

(b) the Speaker opens the floor for discussions on the recommendations made.

(c) Final decision shall be passed after thorough discussion on the draft law is completed. If the decision can not be reached the draft law shall be referred to the pertinent committee for further scrutiny.

10/ Third Reading

(a) the committee that received the draft law for the second time, shall read out the amended version and its final decision to the House.

(b) The House, after a thorough discussion, shall decide on the final proposal.

11/ Adoption of Laws

(a) Subject to Article 57 of the Constitution of

F.D.R.E., the Speaker of the House shall transmit the draft law to the President of the Federal Government for signature suggesting that the House has discussed and approved i

(b) The President shall sign within fifteen days. If the President doesn’t sign within fifteen days, the law shall take effect without his signature. The Speaker of the House, however, may undertake the technical correction, where deemed necessary, prior to its publication in the Federal Negarit Gazeta.

(c) The ratified law shall be numbered by the Speaker and thereby published in the Federal Negarit Gazeta.

(d) When non-technical corrections are detected before the publication of the proclamation a suggestion for correction should be submitted to the House by the concerned body for approval. Then the correction should be notified to the President of the FDRE before publication.

7. Oversighting the Federal Government Bodies.

1/ As enshrined in Article 55( 17) and (18) of the Constitution the House has the power to call and to question Federal officials and to oversight the executive as well as it has the power to discuss on any matter pertaining to the power of the executive and to take decisions or measures it deems necessary. Therefore, the main objectives of the House in oversighting the executive are to check whether:

(a)Public and government resources and property are utilized properly.

(b)Activities are carried out in accordance with rules and regulations.

(c)There exists fair and fast development direction.

(d)Democracy and good governance prevails.

(e)Right, peace and security of citizens are maintained

(f)There exists coordination among government bodies.

2/ The House shall oversight the following bodies:

(a)Federal Government Bodies

(b)Regional State organs to which subsidy is allotted

(c) Regional State Body that acts power representing the Federal Government

(d) A region that unable to arrest violation of human rights within its jurisdiction as provided in Article 55(16) of the Constitution of F.D.R.E.

(e) Internal organs of the House accountable to it.

3/ Without prejudice to the provision under Sub Article 2 of Article 4, the Prime Minister of F.D.R.E. shall present a report to the House three times a year. However, when he believes that there is an issue that has to be seen by the House, he can present it at any time.

4/ Any member of the Federal Government bodies shall present their reports to the pertinent committees in the allotted time.
5/The Standing Committee shall summon a public

debate on the report after its own hearing. The committee shall invite pertinent bodies of the society and the mass media to attend the discussions. The pertinent Federal Government bodies shall present their reports through the pertinent Standing Committees to the House.

6/ Subject to Sub-Article (4) of this Article, among others, the report to be presented shall focus mainly on annual plan of action and achievements, the administrative process and budget execution, problems identified in the process of execution as well as the results achieved.
7/ Head of the concerned body shall present the

report of the body unless obliged otherwise by a force majeure.
8/ The report may be presented by his representative,

only where the head concerned informs the Speaker the reason of his absence and that his representative shall present the report.
9/ According to the order set up by the Speaker,

members of the House may raise questions and make suggestions.
10/ Subject to Sub-Article (9) additional questions

and comments shall be forwarded in connection to the answers given.

11/ The House shall give conclusive remark on the report and may also issue order to the pertinent standing committee to launch additional investigation into the matter and present a report to the House, where deems it necessary.
12/ The House shall, after hearing the report, take

the necessary measure if it feels that the report shows the existence of basic problem

8. Hearing Reports of the Committees:

1/ the leadership or representatives of committees of the House shall present their reports in accordance with the time table set by the Speaker.

2/ Reports of the committees shall be having regard to:

(a) their annual performance; and
(b) matters referred to them by the House.

3/ Members of the House shall deliberate on the report presented to them, make suggestions or pass decisions.

9. Joint Functions of the House of Peoples’ Representatives and the House of the Federation

1/The House of Peoples’ Representatives and the House of the Federation shall jointly undertake the following activities:

(a) elect the President of the Republic as enshrined in Article 70(2) of the Constitution;

(b) subject to Article 71 of the Constitution, to hear the speech of the President of the Republic at the commencement of the annual session;

(c) Subject to Article 55(16) of the Constitution to hold a joint session, on the initiative of the House of Peoples’ Representatives, when state authorities are unable to arrest, violations of human rights within their jurisdiction;

(d) subject to Article 99 of the Constitution, determine the power to levy taxes where such power is not given either to the Federal Government or Regional States;

(e) on amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia subject to Article 105(2) of the Constitution;

(f) other issues on which the two Houses agree to consider in a joint session.

2/ The joint sessions of the House of Peoples’ Representatives and the House of the Federation as stipulated in the Constitution shall be directed by their previous rules of procedures.

10. Election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House

1/ Subject to Article 55(19) of the Constitution, there shall be a Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House.
2/ In order to elect the Speaker, an election

committee consisting of 5 members shall be elected from among members of the House through the President of FDRE.

3/ Three members of the House shall be nominated as candidates for being Speaker of the House.

4/ Candidates for being Speaker should get one-third vote of the House. A political party can not nominate more than one candidate.

5/ In case more than one candidate are nominated, the Speaker shall be elected by hand raising vote; then the one who gets majority vote shall be the Speaker.

6/ When only one candidate is nominated, the
Speaker shall be elected by acclamation.

7/ The procedure prescribed above for election of the Speaker, shall also apply for the election of the Deputy Speaker.

11. Powers and Functions of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House
1/ The Speaker shall have the powers and functions to:

(a)preside over the House sessions, and in coordination with the pertinent bodies shall set agendas and notify members of the House of same, in advance;

(b) direct and administer the House;

(c) represent the House in all its dealings;

(d) to nominate and present to the House, chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of committees of the House, members of committees, head of the Secretariat of the House as well as members that represent the House in institutions to which the House shall be represented subject to law, for approval, appointment and representation.

(e) coordinate the activities of the committees of the House;

(f)delegate part of his powers and duties to the Deputy Speaker in writing;

(g) undertake such other activities as may be assigned to him by the House.

(h) facilitate a regular forum of discussion for the Government Chief Whip and Chief Whips of other parties.

2/ The Deputy Speaker of the House shall have the Powers and Functions to:

(a)represent the Speaker in his absence or when the Speaker wants to participate in the discussion of the House having his position;

(b) undertake such other activities as may be given to him by the House and the Speaker in writing.

12. Setting of Agendas

1/ Agendas for discussion by the House may come from

(a)Government
(b)the House of the Federation

(c)the Speaker
(d)the Federal Supreme Court

(e)Committees of the House
(f)Members of the House
(g)Bodies directly accountable to the House (h)Party Whips

2/ An agenda initiated by the body which is stated in Sub Article 1(a) above shall get priority.

3/ Agendas that are initiated by bodies listed under

Sub Article 1 above shall be presented to the House through the Speaker.

4/ Issues that are believed to be urgent by the initiators shall be presented to the Speaker before one day.

5/ The Government chief whip and the Speaker shall discuss and decide regarding arrangement of agendas and time required for deliberation.

6/ Chief Whips of other parties shall consult the

Government Chief Whip regarding agendas they propose and time required for deliberation.

7/ Consistent with other obligatory provisions, an agenda to be designed and presented by the Speaker of the House must be approved by a majority vote of the House.

8/ The House shall pass decisions after adequately deliberating up on issues presented as agenda.

9/ Unless treated by the House otherwise, an agenda that is rejected by the House shall not be presented again to the House in same year.

13. Rights and Duties of Members of the House as well as Ethical Procedure

Members of the House shall have right that would enable them to carryout their duties and responsibilities appropriately. In line with this they are supposed to properly undertake the responsibilities and ethical obligations vested on them by the public. Particulars shall be provided by regulation.

PART THREE

Structure, Powers and Functions as well as General Working Procedures of Committees, Seargent at Arms and Party Whips of the House

14.Structure, Powers and Function as well as Working Procedures of the Coordinating Committee

1/ The Coordinating Committee

(a) shall comprise the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons of the Standing Committees as well as head of the Secretariat of the House as its members.

(b) the Speaker shall preside over sessions of the committee and pass decisions by a majority vote. The presence of more than half of the members shall constitute a quorum.

(c) shall elect a secretary from among its members.

2/ The Coordinating Committee of the House shall have the following powers and functions.

(a)coordinates the work plan of the committees and supervises the general flow harmony and effectiveness of works in the House.

(b) evaluate the major problems and strong points identified in the House, streamline general work plans and issue directives to the pertinent committees

(c)hold discussions on issues and agendas which the Speaker believes should be seen by this committee or referred to it by the Standing Committees.

(d) when Government bodies are newly organized or restructured a relevant standing committee that carries out the oversighting function shall be assigned

3/The coordinating committee shall apply the general working procedures provided for the standing committees in Article 22 of this proclamation.

15. Structure, Powers and Functions of the Ad hoc Committee

1/The House shall establish ad hoc committees when it is convinced that there are urgent and vital issues, which may not be directly undertaken by the Standing and Coordinating Committees.

2/The power of the ad hoc committee shall be determined by the urgency and vitality of situations that may take place, however the House shall give general directives that may enable it accomplish its missions.

3/ The House, depending on the situation, shall determine the number of members of the ad hoc committee and assign chairperson and deputy chairperson to lead the committee.

4/The ad hoc committee shall dissolve after accomplishing its mission within its powers and presenting a report to the House.

16. Structure, Powers and Functions as well as Working Procedures of the Standing Sub-Committee

1/ Standing Sub-Committee is a committee established by the House upon the request of the Standing Committee to undertake activities it has been unable to accomplish owing to the heavy workload

2/The Standing Sub-Committees shall be accountable to the pertinent Standing Committees.
3/ Shall receive directions and activities to be carried out in consultation with the Standing Committees, prepare work plans, submit a report and recommendation to the Standing Committee.

4/ The Standing Sub-Committees shall decide their mode of operation through internal working procedures and directives dealt on together with the Standing Committees.

5/Each Standing Sub-Committee shall have its own chairperson and deputy chairperson and shall be accountable to the Standing Committee and Standing Sub-Committee they are assigned to.

6/ Facilities needed for the work shall be made available for the Standing Sub-Committees.

7/ The rights and duties given to members of the

Standing Committees shall also apply to members of the Standing Sub- Committees.

17. Structure, Powers and Functions as well as Working Procedures of the Sub-Committee.
1/ A Sub-Committee is a body to be organized by

any of the Standing Committees, dividing its members to discharge its responsibilities.

2/Each Sub-Committee shall have its own chairperson and deputy chairperson elected by the members of the respective Standing Committee.

3/ It shall prepare work plan based on the standing committee’s annual plan, execute and submit a report to the Standing Committee.
4/ It shall undertake other activities assigned to it

by the Standing Committee.

18. Structure of Standing Committees
1/ The House shall have the following Standing Committees:

(a) the Capacity Building Affairs Standing Committee;

(b) the Trade and Industry Affairs Standing Committee;

(c) the Rural Development Affairs Standing Committee;

(d) the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Affairs Standing Committee;

(e) the Infrastructure Development Affairs Standing Committee;

(f) the Budget and Finance Affairs Standing Committee;

(g) the Legal and Administrative Affairs

Standing Committee;

(h) the Foreign, Defense and Security Affairs

Standing Committee;

(i) the Women’s Affairs Standing Committee;

(j) the Information and Cultural Affairs Standing Committee;

(k) the Social Affairs Standing Committee; and

(l) the Pastoralists Affairs Standing
Committee.

2/ The Standing Committees shall be accountable to the House.

3/ Each Standing Committee shall have 13 members including the chairperson and deputy chairperson, to be nominated by the Speaker and appointed by the House.

4/A member of the House shall not be a member of more than one Standing Committee at one time.

5/Chairpersons of the Standing Committees shall be accountable to the committee and the Speaker of the House.

6/ Each Standing Committee shall have essential support staff.

19. Powers and Functions of the Standing Committees

Standing Committees of the House shall have the following general powers and functions:

1/ submit recommendations and suggestions to the House, on the draft laws referred to them as stipulated in Article 6.

2/ oversight government bodies assigned to them, whenever necessary.

3/ receive complaints sent to them through various ways.

4/ conduct, subject to the purpose of their establishment, studies and supervise the effective implementation of national laws, polices, strategies and programs.

5/ organize various workshops and discussion forums as well as facilitate mechanisms for experience sharing.

6/may undertake their activities by breaking up into Sub-Committees and may also request the House for the establishment of Standing Sub-Committees citing workload of the committee.

7/ make sure that, their legislative and investigative activities are done on gender equality basis and gender sensitized.

8/ undertake other assignments given by the House or the Speaker.

20. Powers and Functions of Leadership of the Standing Committees
1/ powers and functions of chairpersons shall be to:

(a) represent the committee in all its dealings with third parties;
(b) submit a report to the House as

stipulated in Article 6;

(c) direct the committees, coordinate and preside over meetings. They shall administer the support staff enshrined in Article 18(6).

(d) facilitate ways for the presence of invited guests;

(e) call for extra ordinary meetings;

(f) carryout other activities given by the Speaker, the House and the committee;

2/ Powers and functions of the deputy chairpersons shall be to:

(a) represent the chair persons in their absence;

(b) make sure that the committees’ documents and minutes are properly kept;

(c) undertake other activities assigned to them by the committees’ chairpersons and the committees;

3/ The leadership specified in Sub Article (1) and

(2) of this Article shall undertake their activities with the knowledge of their committee members;

21. Rights and Obligations of Members of the Standing Committees:

1/ Members of Standing Committees of the House shall have rights related to their daily committee functions.

2/ Members of the Standing Committees shall have the following major obligations:

(a) except where there is a good cause for absence, any member is obliged to be present at all committee meetings;
(b) undertaking and supervise the execution of

assignments on time;

(c)a member represented to take part in the studies to be conducted both at home and abroad as well as meetings and field works shall submit a sound report to the pertinent body of the House.

3/ a committee member is responsible for the activities carried out both individually and jointly. A member, who failed to accomplish his/her duties, shall be evaluated by the committee and the report that includes recommendation shall be presented to the House.

22. General Working Procedures of the Standing Committees

The Standing Committees of the House shall have the following major working systems and procedures:

1/ A Committee having received a draft law, subsequent to the first reading, shall itemize the matter in its agenda; and

(a) give notice;

(b) invite resource persons and bodies directly concerned with the matter; and

(c) arrange public opinion collecting forums; and submit a report and recommendation to the House.

2/ Standing Committees shall undertake their duties of investigation and supervision by the following mechanisms:

(a) receiving plan and report of achievements of the institutions they supervise;

(b)taking part in meetings and conferences;

(c)inviting and talking to concerned bodies and where necessary, causing explanation be given;

(d) making helpful visits;

(e) embarking on tips and petitions submitted by different sectors of the society.

3/ creating coordination with other standing commitees or bodies;

4/ preparing report, giving explanations;

5/ by the guidance of the annual plan and reviewing their general duties;

23. Procedures of Standing Committee Meetings

1/ unless otherwise changed for special reasons, the Standing Committees shall regularly have fixed meeting days, place and time.

2/ Members of the House and invited guests may participate in meetings of Standing Committees without having the power of motioning agenda and vote.

3/ particulars relating to Sub Article (1) and (2) above and conditions of meeting and decision making procedures shall be in line with the working procedures of the House and the specifics of which shall be determined by Regulations.

24. The Capacity Building Affairs Standing Committee

1/ The major objective for the establishment of the

Capacity Building Affairs Standing Committee is:

(a)to produce trained manpower in a short time and in a big number who could be committed to work effectively, with a great sense of responsibility and integrity to bring about rapid economic development and build a society based on democratic principles;

(b) as well as to implement, supervise and investigate the measures being undertaken to build execution and planning capacities both in the government and private economic sectors;

2/ The Capacity Building Affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a)Ministry of Capacity Building; (b)Ministry of Education;

(c)The Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission;

(d)The Federal Civil Service commission;

(e)The Ethiopian Management Institute;
(f)The Ethiopian Civil Service College; and (g)Justice and Legal Order Research Center.

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article

(2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

25. The Trade and Industry Affairs Standing Committee
1/ The Trade and Industry Affairs Standing

Committee shall have the following major objectives:

To check that the trade and industry policy and strategy has been formulated in such a way to speed up the growth of the national economy and effectively implemented, measures have been taken to encourage the development of trade, industry and micro and small scale enterprise, the investment policy and law have created favorable conditions to entrepreneurs as well as supervise and investigate the implementation of polices, laws and regulations issued to facilitate the regions’ trade relations, foreign trade and existing and future chambers of commerce at a national level.

2/ The Trade and Industry Affairs Standing

Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a)the Ministry of Trade and Industry;
(b)The Ethiopian Investment Commission;

(c)The Ethiopian Quality and Standards Authority;

(d)The Leather and Leather Products
Technology Institute;

(e)The Privatization and Public Enterprises Supervising Authority; and

(f)The Federal Micro and Small Enterprises
Development Agency

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article

(2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

26. The Rural Development Affairs Standing Committee

1/ the main objective for establishment of the Rural Development Affairs Standing Committee is to raise production and productivity in the agricultural sector of the economy, to ensure food self sufficiency and food security as well as to supervise and investigate the effective implementation of polices; programs and plans formulated to enable the agriculture led development strategy achieve its objectives

2/ The Rural Development Affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a)the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development;

(b)the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
Commission;

(c)The Ethiopian Social Rehabilitation and Development Fund;

(d)The Biodiversity Institute;

(e)The Ethiopian Seeds Enterprise;
(f)The Ethiopian Agricultural Research

Organization;
(g)The Ethiopian Rural Energy Development

and Promotion Center;
(h)The Cooperatives’ Commission;

(i)The Ethiopian Grain Trade Enterprise; and

(j)The National Veterinary Institute

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article (2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

27. The Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Affairs Standing Committee

1/ The main objective for the establishment of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Affairs Standing Committee is to preserve and conserve the nation’s natural resources, to ensure sustainable development, investigate and supervise the effective implementation of policies, strategies and programs adopted.

2/The Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a)the Environmental Protection Authority, (b)the Ministry of Water Resources,

(c)the Ministry of Mines and
(d)The Ethio-Geological Survey.

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article

(2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

28. The Infrastructure Development Affairs Standing Committee.

1/ Infrastrcture Development Affairs Standing Committee shall have the following major objectives:

(a) activities regarding energy development and utilization, electric power supply, growth and distribution,

(b regarding the country’s construction works,

(c) regarding the promotion of the country’s air, railway and maritime transportations as well as postal and telecommunications services,

(d) seeking ways for the development of the country’s transport and communications network,

(e) investigating and supervising the grants and loans the country has obtained from local and foreign sources to facilitate the development of infrastructure whether they have been used for their intended purposes in line with policies, rules and regulation

2/ The Infrastructure Development Affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a)the Ministry of Infrastructure (b)the Ethiopian Electric Power

Corporation;

(c)the Ethiopian Electric Power Agency;

(d)the Ethiopian Telecommunication
Corporation;

(e)the Ethiopian Telecommunication Agency;

(f)the Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise; (g)the Ethiopian Civil Aviation

Authority;
(h)the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise;

(i)the Ethio-Djibuti Railway organization;

(j)Office of the Road Fund Administration;

(k)the Transport Authority;

(l)the Ethiopian Roads Authority; (m)the Ethiopian Postal Service
(n)the National Fuel Depots Reserve Administration;

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article (2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

29. The Budget and Finance Affairs Standing Committee

1/ The main objective for the establishment of the Budget and Finance Affairs Standing Committee is, based on the relevant policies and laws of the country, to supervise and investigate the Federal Government’s annual and additional budget and the subsidies allotted to the regional States as well as to monitor the collection and protection of the Federal Government’s money; and its proper usage for the intended purposes

2/ The Budget and Finance Affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a)the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development;

(b)the Central Statistical Authority;

(c)the Ministry of Revenues; (d)the Mapping Authority;

(e)the National Population Office;
(f)the Government Owned Houses Sales

Execution Office;
(g)the National Bank of Ethiopia; (h)the Auditor General;

(i)the National Lottery Administration;

(j)the Customs Authority;
(k)the Federal Inland Revenue Authority;

(l)Supervising Authority of Public Enterprises; and

(m)the Agency for the Administration of
Rental Houses.

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article (2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

4/ Examine in detail the government’s draft annual and additional budget and submit same to the House along with suggestions.

0. The Legal and Administration Affairs Standing Committee

1/The main objective for the establishment of the Legal and Administration Affairs Standing Committee is to supervise the organization and implementation of the judiciary and administrative working mechanisms of the Federal Government in accordance with the Constitution as well as to study the problems that may face the sector and submit recommendations, particularly whether:

(a) the public is realizing the basic rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and the problems identified in the process;

(b) a democratic election system has been established and accomplished accordingly;

(c) the public receives the proper service from the independent judiciary,

(d) the relationship between the Regional States and the Federal Government has been implemented in line with powers and functions given to the Ministry of Federal Affairs

(e) to supervise and investigate the formulation and implementation of law related polices, strategies, programs, codes, agreements, etc.

2/ The Legal and Administration Affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a) the Federal Ministry of Justice; (b) the Federal Supreme Court;

(c) the Federal Special Prosecutor;
(d) the Federal Ethics and Anti Corruption

Commission;

(e) the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission;

(f) the Ministry of Federal Affairs;

(g) the Federal Police Commission;

(h) the Federal Prisons Administration,

(i) the Federal Towns Planning Institute,

(j) the Addis Ababa City administration; (k) the Dire Dawa Administration;

(l) Institution of the Ombudsman;
(m) the National electoral Board of Ethiopia; (n) the Federal Judicial Administration Council

(o) the Secretariat of the House

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article (2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

4/the committee shall undertake its activities specified in Sub Article 2/b/ of this Article without prejudice to the independence of the judiciary provided for under Article 78 of the Constitution.

5/ the committee shall investigate the legal content of draft laws referred by the House to any committee where deemed necessary,

6/ Prepares and presents report and recommendation when issues related to rights and duties of members, such as lifting the immunity stated under Article 54(6) of the Constitution and others, are referred to it.

7/ Supervises that the administrative structures of any institution, requested to be organized by the House, are in compliance with the Constitution

8/ Shall investigate the validity of international treaties and agreements form a legal point of view.

31. The Foreign, Defense and Security Affairs Standing Committees

1/ The major objective for the establishment of the Foreign, Defense and Security Affairs Standing Committee is to supervise that the bilateral or multilateral agreements and loan, grant agreements Ethiopia has reached with other countries are in favour of the national interests of our people and ensure the sovereignty of the country as well as to make sure that the nation’s and the people’s defense and security is structured in such a way to defend the sovereignty of the country and the composition of the national army has been in consideration of the various nations, nationalities and peoples and citizens rights, immigration and refugees affairs shall check that the Ethiopian people’s interest have been well protected.

2/ The Foreign, Defense and Security Affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

(b) the Ministry of Defense; and

(c) the Security, Immigration and Refugees Affairs Authority.

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article

(2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

4/ shall supervise the bilateral and multilateral relations with parliaments of other countries

5/ shall coordinate and work jointly with other pertinent Standing Committees with regard to international, loan and grant agreements.

32. The Women’s Affairs Standing Committee

1/ The major objective for the establishment of

Women’s Affairs Standing Committee is to ensure the respect of the rights of women stipulated in the Constitution and to enable them to have the advantage of their rights as well as,

(a) to investigate and amend laws that suppress women and initiate new draft legislations;

(b) to make sure that when proclamations and plans are issued and endorsed that they are based on gender equality and gender sensitized;

(c) to enable women equally compete men in government and private institutions and raise their participation in the political, economic and social fields as well as to heal the wounds of women that they suffered as a result of inequality and discrimination and take affirmative actions to help women benefit;

(d)to ensure respect the rights of women to acquire, administer, control, transfer, benefit from property and inheritance;

(e)to ensure the rights ofequality of women in employment, equal pay, promotion and pension transferring;

(f) to implement the National Women Affairs Policy in all governmental institutions which could be instrumental in enabling women to have say in the national development policies, plans and during project preparation and execution particularly projects that could affect women’s advantages.

(g) to liberate women from harmful traditional practices inhibit, rules, that harm women physically and mentally;

(h) to enable women to ensure their information rights regarding the family planning to protect their health from complications related to pregnancy and child birth.

(h)to enable women to organize around their questions and struggle for their rig

(i)hts, in general to examine the government’s activities are in accordance with the constitution, law and sector policies.

2/ The Women’s Affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental Institution:

(a) the Women Affairs Sector at the Office of the Prime Minister;

(b) the Women Affairs Sections in each Governmental Institutions; and

(c) Women’s Development Fund.

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-

Article (2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

33. The Information and Cultural Affairs Standing Committee

1/ the Information and Cultural Affairs Standing

Committee shall have the following objectives:

(a) supervise that the mass media do play their roll in the building of a democratic system, peace and development in the country;

(b) formulate and practise working mechanisms that could facilitate ways for the preservation of cultural and historical heritages and pass to posterity;

(c) create conducive atmosphere that could encourage the flow of tourists to the country;

(d) supervise and investigate that the board of the government mass media is run properly and discharged its responsibility.

2/ the Information and Cultural affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a) the Ministry of Information; (b) the Tourism Commission;

(c) the Ethiopian Broadcasting Agency;

(d) the Mass Media Training Institute;

(e) the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture;

(f) the Heritages Study and Conservation
Authority;

(g) the National Archives and Library of Ethiopia;

(h) the Ethiopian Convention Center;
(i) the Ethiopian National Theater; and

(j) the Governmental Mass Media Board.

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article (2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

34. The Social Affairs Standing Committee

1/ the main objective for the establishment of the Social Affairs Standing Committee is to supervise the effective implementation of the country’s general social development polices and strategies, expand health services, prevent health hazards, control the spread of HIV/AIDS, to ensure social security services to street children, the elderly, the disabled to realize the safety of children as well as to conduct a study about unemployment and other social related issues, evaluate the problems identified in the process of execution.

2/ the Social Affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a) the Ministry of Health,

(b) the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs,

(c) Social Security Authority

(d)the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control
Secretariat Office.

(e)the Drugs Administration and Control Authority.

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article

(2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

35. The Pastoralists Affairs Standing Committee

1/ The main objectives for the establishment of the Pastoralists Affairs Standing Committee are to realize the rights of the pastoralists enshrined in the Constitution, to supervise the special support the government has been providing owing to their backwardness, to bring about rapid development aimed at changing their economic and social life as well as to ensure food security and shall supervise the following additional objectives:

(a) to ensure the laws and plans to be issued are prepared in consideration of the benefits of the pastoralists;

(b)to build the capacity of the pastoralists in a short time, capacity building institutions be expanded with especial emphasis on the construction of boarding and mobile schools as well as other educational facilities depending on the situation;

(c)to make sure that the government has allocated and implemented budget to facilitate the provision of food and water as well as health services to the livestock of the pastoralist and marketing infrastructure development;

(d) to ensure that the villagization programs to be undertaken in the pastoralist areas are based on the will of the pastoralists and the basic infrastructure development services have been built,

(e) to facilitate the provision of extension services to the pastoralists;

(f)to make sure that early warning studies have been conducted regularly and relief assistance has been dispatched to the area whenever there is drought, the pastroralist area being vulnerable to a recurrent drought;

(g)to ensure that a research and study system has been established in research and study centers aimed at raising productivity of the livestock of the pastoralists along with enabling the benefit from agricultural products;

(h) to inhibit harmful traditional practices and customs;

2/ The Pastoralists Affairs Standing Committee shall supervise the following governmental institutions:

(a) Livestock, Dairy Products and Marketing Development Authority ; and

(b) the Pastoralists Sectors Established in the pertinent offices.

3/ Having regard to the bodies specified in Sub-Article (2) above and within the powers and functions specifically given to them by laws, the committee may prepare draft laws and submit to the House; check, supervise as well as investigate the bodies assigned to it whenever deemed necessary.

36. General Organization of Party Whips

1/ Party Whips that have seat in the House shall be organized in the following way:

(a) one Government Chief Whip and not more than 4 Assistant Whips.

(b) one Chief Whip of the main opposition party and 2 Assistant Whips.

(c) one Chief Whip of the second opposition party and 1 Assistant Whips.

(d) other parties that have seat in the House shall have 1 whip each.

2/ The Government chief whip mentioned under Sub Article 1(A) above shall be appointed by the Prime Minister. He shall also be directly accountable to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister shall also appoint the assistant whips by consulting the chief whip.

3/ Other party whips in the House shall be appointed by their party leaders or their members in the House. They shall be accountable to the leader of their respective party.

4/ Depending on the capacity of the House, Party whips shall obtain various benefits and services related to their work in the House.

37. Power and Duties of Party Whips

1/ Government whips shall have the following general powers and duties:

(a) They shall cause their members aware of government weekly agendas in the House, present on meetings, vote for their party and be ready and efficient in every aspect.

(b) The Government Chief whip shall inform, before hand, his party members weekly programs and agendas that the government has the House: he shall also create integrated relationship between leadership of the party and his party members in the House, shall submit to the concerned body, list of his party members who participate I various committees of the House and other missions by representing the party, causes members of his party who have permanently lost their seat be substituted in accordance with the law, consults the government regarding works and functions of the House, determines arrangement of agendas by consulting the Speaker, causes time required for discussion allocated, discusses with other party whips in the House as may be necessary, coordinates members and assistant whips of his party, gives necessary instruction, delegates one of this assistants upon his absence.

(c) Government Assistant Whips shall accomplish other tasks specially assigned to them by the Chief Whip.

2/ Whips of other parties in the House shall have the following powers and duties:

(a)The whips shall cause their members informed, before hand, about agendas of the House, attend meetings, vote for their party and generally be prepared and efficient.

(b)The Chief Whips shall create an integrated relationship between leadership of their party and their members in the House, submit, to the concerned body, list of their members who participate in various committees of the House and other missions by representing their party, cause their members who permanently lost their seat in the House and be substituted subject to pertinent law, consult their party regarding works and functions of the House , consult the Government Chief Whip concerning agendas initiated by them and time required for discussion, coordinates their members and gives necessary instruction, delegates a member who acts in the absence of the Chief Whip.

38. Sergeant at Arms
1/ The Sergeant at Arms of the House shall have:

(a) Chief Head;

(b) Assistant Head; and

(c) Necessary man power.

2/ The Sergeant at Arms chief Head and assistant Head shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House.

3/ Whereas the Sergeant at Arms Chief head is accountable to the Speaker of the House, the Assistant Head shall be accountable of the Chief Head.

4/ The Sergeant at Arms shall have the following functions:

(a) keep and maintain peace and security in the meeting Halls and premises of the House;

(b) create the necessary relationship with other security related bodies; and

(c) consults the Speaker on security issues of the House; submits report on same.

5/ Particulars shall be decided by rule and regulation.

PART FOUR

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

39. Issuance of Regulations

The House shall issue regulation to implement this proclamation.

40. Repealed Laws
The following laws are hereby repealed by this

proclamation,

1/ House of Peoples’ Representatives Legislative Procedure, Committees Structure and Working Proclamation No. 271/2002, and

2/ other laws contrary to this proclamation

41. Effective Date

This proclamation shall come into force up on publication in the Federal Negarit Gazeta .

Done at Addis Ababa the 6th October, 2005.

GIRMA WOLDEGIORGIS

PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA

 

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4 responses

  1. hi Abresh can you get me proclamation No.7/1992 of the transitional government on regional and national self governments…..THANKS

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  2. I Could not get Proclamation Ratifying the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime Signed by Ethiopia on 14 Dcember 2000 and Ratified by Ethiopia on 23 July 2007

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    1. I Got it. Very Great Great Thanks man. See U.

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