Spotlight on interior board
Tue, 17 April 2012
By Abdulaziz al Jahdhami — MUSCAT — The Majlis Ash'shura members continued discussions on the interior board project of the Majlis which comprises the rules and work procedures in the Majlis. The board also highlights the missions and tasks assigned to the members, duties of the main committees of the Majlis as well as the system concerning the sittings, decisions and affairs of the Majlis.
This was held during the regular meeting of the 6th term (2011-2012) under the chairmanship of Shaikh Khalid bin Hilal al Maawali, Chairman of Majlis Ash’shura. The members asked several questions enquiring about the articles of the interior board projects and they submitted their suggestions and ideas to improve some of the board’s articles. They discussed the tasks and rights of the members who are included in the board. Among the major issues argued about is the lifting of immunity of the members.
The Majlis decided to form a special committee to file and follow up the detailed proposals regarding the rights of the members. Among the requests are retirement system after the end of their membership in the Majlis and the immunity even after the end of the membership. In a response to a question raised by one of the members regarding long-term immunity to all members, Salim al Kabi, Deputy Chairman of Majlis Ash’shura, noted that all members are ensured the parliamentary immunity from the first day of taking oath until their last day of membership in the Majlis.
Al Kabi also pointed out that the immunity is accorded to the members to enable them to do their tasks and duties assigned to them in a better way. During the two-day meeting, the Majlis discussed 39 articles of the interior board project and the discussion will be continued on April 25 with the voting to approve the board’s 175 articles.
In a bid to guarantee objectivity in all the issues discussed during the sittings of the Majlis, people from different segments of the society are invited to attend and observe the discussions. During yesterday’s session, students from Sur University College were present and they observed the discussions live from a different hall. The students were also introduced to different departments at the Majlis and were briefed about the tasks of the committees at the Majlis.
Allowing students to attend such official discussions offers a great opportunity for them to enhance their knowledge about the parliamentary culture in the country.
During the tour of the Majlis, Mohammed bin Ali al Za’abi, Secretary-General Assistant for Media and Public Relations at the Majlis Ash’shura, briefed the students about the Shura march in the Sultanate since its inception with the Consultative Council in 1981 till the current Majlis Ash’shura. He also gave an overview of the recent legislative and monitoring powers of the Majlis which have been accorded to Majlis Ash’shura through Royal Decree No 99/2011.
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