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National Assembly Meets in 1st Business Session following General Elections 2020
Office of the AG
The National Assembly of the Government of St, Kitts and Nevis meets on Thursday 13th August 2020 in its first business session since the 5th June 2020 General Elections. This will be taking place approximately five weeks after the Throne Speech session which was convened on Wednesday 8th July 2020.
Among matters to be dealt with are those related to presentation of the following Bills:
- The Anti-Proliferation (Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction) Bill
- The Miscellaneous Amendments Financial Action Task Force Bill
- The National Assembly Elections (Amendment) Bill; and
- The Electronic Communications Bill
The Anti-Proliferation (Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction) Bill is intended to address the prevention and suppression of the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Bill addresses the international obligations of our Federation in relation the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Mutual Evaluation Process and the need to strengthen financial security within the Federation.
The Miscellaneous Amendments Financial Action Task Force Bill is a unique style of an omnibus bill intended to address a number of small amendments to different laws including the Police Act, the Customs Act, the FSRC Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act, and the FIU Act, to bolster national security and to facilitate greater alignment with the FATF Recommendations.
The National Assembly Elections (Amendment) Bill provides for the length of stay that would qualify various persons to be entitled to vote in the Federation.
The Electronic Communications Bill is proposed by the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ECTEL) to address the modernization and updating of the OECS sub-regional telecommunications legislation. It would seek to repeal and replace the current Telecommunications Act of St. Kitts and Nevis which was passed in 2000.
Thursday’s sitting is expected to be staged in significantly reconfigured facilities. Adjustments to the layout of the Chamber have become necessary in order to make allowances for an increased number of Parliamentarians on the Government benches while ensuring adequate physical distancing. There will also be less than normal accommodation in the public gallery section of the Assembly hall.