July 22, 2021
By Jariatu S. Bangura
Speaker of Parliament yesterday deferred the debate on the Abolition of the Death Penalty Bill, 2021, to Friday (23rd), in order to allow Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other individuals to make their input into the bill.
Following the last debate last week on the bill, a call was made for interested members of the public and CSOs to bring in their ideas, so that Members of Parliament would include them in the bill.
Speaking in the Well of Parliament, Hon.Abass C. Bundu said the turn- out of CSOs and other interested individuals was not satisfactory, and that it would be good for the debate to be deferred since only four CSOs, including Amnesty International, Christian Lawyers Legal Link, Institute for Legal Research and Advocacy for Justice, and Advocaid, made inputs.
He said only few MPs have received the concerns raised by those CSOs because everything was addressed to the Speaker without copying the leadership of political parties for their acknowledgment.
He said other MPs will not be able to effectively debate on the issues because they do not have the documents in their possession.
On that note, a motion was moved by the Leader of the main opposition All Peoples Congress, Hon.Chernoh Bah and seconded by the Leader of Government Hon. Mathew Sahr Nyuma , for the debate to be deferred to Friday, 23rd July,2021, so that they could to accommodate more inputs from interested parties for consideration before a decision could be reached.
The Speaker agreed with the Leaders and read out four inputs received lately, and called on others to submit theirs latest today for consideration by Parliament.
According to the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Matthew S. Nyuma, they needed to be very responsive for the public to give their input.