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Opposition rejects three Bills by the Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee – 13th Jun 2013

shot0003The Bills that the Government wanted to pass included amendments to the the Evidence Act, the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act and the Fire Service Act.

In piloting the Evidence Amendment Bill  Minister Clement  Rohee sought to justify the need for updating the Evidence Act which was originally enacted in 1972.

The amendments to the Evidence Act according to the Minister is mainly aimed at broadening the scope of documentary reports that could be admissible in Court and also to include certificates singed by experts in various disciplines.

With the failure of the Evidence Bill, Minister Rohee sought to press ahead with the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Amendment Bill.  This too was dead on arrival, despite the pleadings of the Government.

Also on the agenda was the Fire Service Change of Name Bill, which is aimed at renaming the Guyana Fire Service to the Guyana Fire and Rescue Service.

But the opposition was not going to let the Government have its amendments pass.

In an invited comment, opposition member Rupert Roopnarine  said that the Government continues to ignore legitimate concerns of the  combined majority opposition regarding the new dispensation in Parliament and its principled position on Rohee’s credibility as a Minister.

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