Parliament Convenes Thursday. Education Amendment and State of Public Emergency on the Order Paper

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The Lower House of Parliament will convene on Thursday to discuss a number of bills and resolutions relating to government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister for Education, Sports and the Creative Industries, the Hon. Daryll Matthew, will move the first, second and third reading of the Education (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which seeks to align the legislation with other regulations specifying the mode of admission into both primary and secondary schools.

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne will move the first, second and third readings of the Virtual Assets Business Bill, 2021 which will further regulate virtual business in Antigua and Barbuda.

In addition, Prime Minister Browne will move a resolution of the legislature pursuant to Section 20 (5) of the Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda extending the State of Public Emergency until 27th December 2021.

The current State of Public Emergency expires on 27th September 2021.

The State of Public Emergency was brought into force by the government to control and arrest the spread of the dangerous infectious disease COVID-19.

Government believes that the success of the various measures enacted to control the spread of the disease requires that the State of Public Emergency be continued for a further period of three months unless sooner revoked by a Resolution of the Parliament.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. BS of highest order!!! The parliament is asking the parliament fully knowing that not one of them has a backbone to go against the dictator . Only in F&£@& Antigua!!! I feel sooooo very sorry for my Antiguan friends who don’t have an option but to put up with this crap.

  2. Why the hell do they keep talking about extending the state of emergency and linking it to the covid Regulations. They are mutually exclusive i.e., you can have one without the other. My dear people, if the government removed the state of emergency tomorrow the 8 pm to 5 am curfew would still remain, the restrictions on numbers attending weddings, funerals, churches and public gatherings would remain. The point is the Regulations are made under the Public Health Act and does not require the existence of a state of emergency. The covid virus was declared a dangerous infectious disease and as a result the Constitution gives the government the authority to make laws (Regulations) to combat the disease and implementing measures which abridge fundamental rights would not be held to be unconstitutional. Please government stop acting as if as state of emergency is necessary. It is not and removing it would not change much either. It is the Regulations that matter and not a state of emergency.

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