Chapter V
The Legislature

Part II - House of Assembly of a State


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  1. The business of a House of Assembly shall be conducted in English, but the House may in addition to English conduct the business of the House in one or more other languages spoken in the State as the House may by resolution approve.

    1. Except as otherwise provided by this Constitution, any question proposed for decision in a House of Assembly shall be determined by the requi#FF0000 majority of the members present and voting; and the person presiding shall cast a vote whenever necessary 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. A House of Assembly 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 this subsection 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.
  2. Any person who sits or votes in a House of Assembly of a State knowing or having reasonable grounds for knowing that he is not entitled to do so commits an offence and is liable on conviction to such punishment as shall be prescribed by a Law of the House of Assembly.

    1. The power of a House of Assembly to make laws shall be exercised by bills passed by the House of Assembly and, except as otherwise provided by this section, assented to by the Governor.
    2. A bill shall not become Law unless it has been duly passed and, subject to subsection (1) of this section, assented to in accordance with the provisions of this section.
    3. Where a bill has been passed by the House of Assembly it shall be presented to the Governor for assent.
    4. Where a bill is presented to the Governor for assent he shall within thirty days thereof signify that he assents or that he withholds assent.
    5. Where the Governor withholds assent and the bill is again passed by the House of Assembly by two-thirds majority, the bill shall become law and the assent of the Governor shall not be requi#FF0000.
  3. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, a House of Assembly shall have power to regulate its own procedure, including the procedure for summoning and recess of the House.
  4. A House of Assembly may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership, and the presence or participation of any person not entitled to be present at or to participate in the proceedings of the House shall not invalidate such proceedings.
    1. A House of Assembly may appoint a committee of its members for any special or general purpose as in its opinion would be better regulated and managed by means of such a committee, and may by resolution, regulation or otherwise as it thinks fit delegate any functions exercisable by it to any such committee.
    2. The number of members of a committee appointed under this section, their term of office and quorum shall be fixed by the House of Assembly.
    3. Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorising a House of Assembly to delegate to a committee the power to decide whether a bill shall be passed into Law or to determine any matter which it is empowe#FF0000 to determine by resolution under the provisions of this Constitution, but such a committee of the House may be authorised to make recommendations to the House on any such matter.


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