Government Can Still Pass Laws With One-Seat Majority

Election 2016, News post March 1, 2016



Based on parliamentary rules, the JLP administration would still be able to pass some laws if its takes over government with a one-seat majority.

If the JLP ends up with 32 Members of Parliament, one will be appointed Speaker of the House of Representatives. That means, both the government and the opposition will have 31 other members. Section 44 of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives states that the Speaker can only cast vote to break a tie. Speakers typically vote in favour of the government that appoints them.

It also means that the government can still pass laws which require a simple majority in the Lower House.

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