RESOLUTION ON THE REPORT SUBMITTED BY THE GAMBELLA INQUIRY COMMISSION

 RESOLUTION ON THE REPORT SUBMITTED BY THE 
 GAMBELLA INQUIRY COMMISSION

Ever since our country embarked upon a democratic path, various efforts have been made to peacefully and lawfully resolve incidents which arose within, and between, its regions.

The House of Peoples’ Representatives, by way of establishing various inquiry commissions, has been working towards providing lawful solutions to spontaneous or politically motivated instances of violence, with a view to discharging its responsibilities of protecting the rights of citizens and communities.

Our federal system of government is known to have promptly resolved incidents which arose at Bedeno and Areka through inquiries made by Commissions the House had established.

In respect of the incident that recently arose in the Gambella Region, an independent and impartial organ was established, under Proclamation No. 398/2004, in order for the incident to be enquired into.

The Commission, as per the Proclamation for its establishment, was entrusted with the task of investigating the causes of the violence as well as the factors that aggravated it and the damage caused thereby.

The Commission has, accordingly, been engaged in the required activities, for the last three months, and reported its findings to the House on 6th July 2004.

The House, at its ordinary session held on 6th July 2004 deliberated extensively on the report submitted to it by the Commission and referred the matter to its Legal and Administrative Affairs Standing Committee for further scrutiny and for preparation of a draft resolution.

The following draft resolution is accordingly submitted by the Standing Committee. Continue reading RESOLUTION ON THE REPORT SUBMITTED BY THE GAMBELLA INQUIRY COMMISSION

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.

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