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Senate votes to have Supreme Court solve appointment issue

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 12:54 PM

The Senate voted this morning to have the Supreme Court make the final determination on which Opposition Senators are duly appointed members of the Upper House.



Dr Christopher Tufton and Arthur Williams this morning took their seats in the Senate, a week after a court ruled that their removal in 2013 was unlawful and unconstitutional.



Ruel Reid and Dr Nigel Clarke who were appointed as replacements, were not present.



In a statement, Senate President Floyd Morris, said there are questions about the membership of the Upper House which have to be answered by the Supreme Court.



Leader of Government Business, Senator A.J. Nicholson, read out a motion outlining the issues on which the Senate wanted clarification.



Yesterday, Attorney General Patrick Atkinson ruled that Dr Tufton and Williams were still Senators, but it is up to the courts to determine the validity of Reid and Dr Clarke’s appointments as senators.



Meanwhile, Dr Tufton and Williams this morning rejected a certain condition proposed by the Senate President for them to re-take their seats but keep silent.



Meanwhile, the Senate had an early adjournment and did not debate the Administrator-General’s (Amendment) Act, 2015 as was expected.



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