In the last session of the National Council, while voting on the tobacco bill doubts and uncertainty on voting procedures were expressed.
Today’s morning session of the Council before breaking into discussion of the Child Care and Protection Bill; the House was presented with a 5 points procedural guideline. The guideline basically allows casting of “a abstain” vote like “a yes” or “a no” vote. The abstain voter however would only be used as an indicator of attendance at the session while voting and not be considered for arriving at the required vote count for a resolution or passage of a bill. It also allows the chairperson to cast his/her vote under other circumstances to express a stand, however, it would not affect the outcome of the voting incase the minimum vote of 13 is not achieved.
This is another improvement in the procedural aspect of legislation works; in terms of voting there should not arise any doubts here on in the Council.