Dharamsala: The eighth day of the ongoing session convened with its first agenda ‘Question Hour’ at 9:30 am, with Parliamentarian Mr. Lobsang Choejor posing his starred question to Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, who provided the requisite answers and clarifications.
Thereafter, following the list of business, the House saw the continuation of yesterday’s agenda on the legislative amendment with Parliamentarian Mr. Serta Tsultrim tabling the additional clause on the amending bill of clause (xii) of Article 21 under Chapter IV of Charter of Tibetans in exile as proposed by the Parliament. Parliamentarian Ms. Namgyal Dolkar Lhagyari supported the amending bill. However, failing to secure the 2/3rd majority of the members present in the House, the amending bill was repealed and the amendment proposed by the parliament on the same was unanimously passed.
Similarly, the private member bill introduced by Parliamentarian Mr. Serta Tsultrim and supported by Ms. Namgyal Dolkar Lhagyari on the Charter amendment bill proposed by the parliament viz., additional of clause (ix) and (x) in Article 38 of Chapter V (Eligibility of the Member of Parliament) was subsequently floored in the House for its second reading. The additional of clause (x) in the private member’s bill was repealed after it failed to secure the requisite 2/3rd majority of members present in the House and the additional clause (ix) in the official Charter amendment bill of the parliament was passed in a unanimous agreement.
Thereafter, Parliamentarian Mr. Lobsang Choejor, supported by Parliamentarian Mr. Migyur Dorjee, introduced his amending bill on the official Charter amendment bill proposed by the Parliament on clause (ii) of Article 73 of Chapter VII titled ‘Officer Election’, which was repealed in the House after failing to attain simple majority for its consideration in House.
Parliamentarian Mr. Karma Gelek introduced the official legislative amendment bill on clause (ix) and additional clauses (x) (xi) and (xii) in Article 63 and additional clause (xi) in Article 77 and amendment of sub-clause (c) of clause (i) in Article 78 respectively under the ‘Rules and Regulation of Electoral System’. The bill, supported by Parliamentarian Mrs. Dolma Tsering, passed unanimously in the House.
The House continued with the clause-by-clause consideration on the official electoral legislative amendment’ bills second reading for its respective adoption and rejection through 2/3rd majority of the members present or unanimous approval until its adjournment at 11 am till 2 pm.
Resuming the session at 2 pm, the agenda for legislative amendment concluded with Speaker Khenpo Sonam Khenpo Sonam Tenphel calling for amending bills from a private member on clause (vii) of Article 24 and from Cabinet on clause (iv) of Article 67 in the ‘Rules and Regulations of Electoral System’.
Thereafter, the House continued with debate and discussion over the 2017-18 report of Department of Information and International Relations, which will also continue in the next sitting.
The House also welcomed Lucknow based four Indian senior journalists, organized by India-Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO). Deputy Speaker Ven. Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok received them in his cabin and briefed them on the issues of Tibet and the urgent situation inside Tibet. After deliberating on the issues of Tibet with the Deputy Speaker for over half an hour, they were taken to the parliamentary hall.
The House adjourned at 5 pm till 9:30 am of the next morning.