Chapter V
The Legislature

Part I - National Assembly


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    1. At any sitting of the National Assembly -
      1. in the case of the Senate, the President of the Senate shall preside, and in his absence the Deputy President shall preside; and
      2. in the case of the House of Representatives, the Speaker of that House shall preside, and in his absence the Deputy Speaker shall preside.
    2. AT any joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives -
      1. the President of Senate shall preside, and in his absence the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall preside; and
      2. in the absence of the persons mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the Deputy President of the Senate shall preside, and in his absence the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives shall preside.

    3. In the absence of the persons mentioned in the foregoing provisions of this section, such member of the Senate or the House of Representatives or of the joint sitting, as the case may be, as the Senate or the House of Representatives or the joint sitting may elect for that purpose shall preside.
    1. The quorum of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall be one-third of all the members on of the Legislative House concerned.
    2. The quorum of a joint sitting of both the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall be one-third of all the members of both Houses.
    3. If objection is taken by any member of the Senate or the House of Representatives present that there are present in the House of which he is a member (besides the person presiding fewer than one-third of all the members of that House and that it is not competent for the House to transact business, and after such interval as may be prescribed in the rules of procedure of the House, the person presiding ascertains that the number of members present is still less than one-third of all the members of the House he shall adjourn the House.
    4. The foregoing provisions of this section shall apply in relation to a joint sitting of both Houses of the National Assembly as they apply in relation to a House of the National Assembly as if references to the Senate or the House of Representatives and a member of either Houses are references to both Houses and to any member of the National Assembly, respectively.

  1. The business of the National Assembly shall be conducted in English, and in Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba when adequate arrangements have been made therefor.
    1. Except as otherwise provided by this Constitution any question proposed for decision in the Senate or the House of Representatives shall be determined by the requi#FF0000 majority or the members present and voting; and the person presiding shall cast a vote whenever necessary y to avoid an equality of votes but shall not vote in any other case.
    2. Except as otherwise provided by this Constitution, the requi#FF0000 majority for the purpose of determining any question shall be a simple majority.
    3. The Senate or the House of Representatives shall by its rules provide -
      1. that a member of the House shall declare any direct pecuniary interest he may have in any matter coming before the House for deliberation;
      2. that the House may by resolution decide whether or not such member may vote, or participate in its deliberations, on such matter;
      3. the penalty, if any, which the House may impose for failure to declare any direct pecuniary interest such member may have; and`
      4. for such other matters pertaining to the foregoing as the House may think necessary,
        but nothing in the foregoing provisions shall enable any rules to be made to require any member, who signifies his intention not to vote on or participate in such matter, and who does not so vote or participate, to declare any such interest.


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