CDC agrees only House members are entitled to nominate prime minister

The National Legislative Assembly was dealt a big blow when the Constitution Drafting Committee rejected the suggestion that senators are entitled to nominate candidates for the next prime minister in case the House fails to select the prime minister from its list of candidates.

The CDC agreed at a meeting on Wednesday to amend Section 272 of the draft constitution to the effect that, during the first five years after the election, the joint session of the House and the Senate will select the prime minister and only House members are entitled to nominate a candidate for the premiership post with the nomination to be endorsed by one-tenths of the members of the House.

The candidate to be nominated must come from the lists of parties which must win at least five percent of the House seats. Selection of the prime minister must be done in open vote and over half of the votes of members of the two chambers are needed for the selection.

In case the prime minister cannot be selected from the party lists, at least half of the members of the House can nominate a new prime minister for submission to the parliament president who will seek approval from the parliament. At least two-thirds of the votes of the two chambers are required to endorse the prime minister.