71. Oaths to be taken by Speaker and
The Speaker, before
assuming the duties of his or her office, and every Member of the National
Assembly before taking his or her seat therein, shall take and subscribe before
the Assembly the oath of allegiance.
72. Presiding in Assembly
There shall preside
at any sitting of the National Assembly-
the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker; or
the absence of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, such Member of the Assembly
(not being the President or Vice-President or a Minister or Assistant Minister)
as the Assembly may elect for that sitting.
73. Quorum in Assembly
If objection is taken by any Member of the National
Assembly present that there are present in the Assembly (besides the person
presiding) less than one third of the Members of the Assembly and, after such
interval as may be prescribed in the rules of procedure of the Assembly, the
person presiding ascertains that the number of Members present is less than one
third, he or she shall thereupon adjourn the Assembly.
74. Voting in Assembly
(1) Save as
otherwise provided in this Constitution, any question proposed for decision in
the National Assembly shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the
Members present and voting.
(3) The person
presiding in the National Assembly shall have neither an original vote nor a
casting vote and if upon any question before the Assembly the votes are equally
divided the motion shall be lost.
75. Unqualified persons sitting or voting
Any person who sits
or votes in the National Assembly knowing or having reasonable grounds for
knowing that he or she is not entitled to do so shall be liable to a penalty
not exceeding P50 or such other sum as may be prescribed by Parliament for each
day on which he or she so sits or votes in the Assembly, which shall be
recoverable by action in the High Court at the suit of the Attorney-General.
76. Regulation of procedure in Assembly
(1) Subject to the
provisions of this Constitution, the National Assembly may regulate its own
(2) The National
Assembly may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership (including any
vacancy not filled when the Assembly first meets after any dissolution) and the
presence or participation of any person not entitled to be present or to
participate in the proceedings of the Assembly shall not invalidate those