In August 2018, CPA UK commissioned a project to review the current Standing Orders of the National Assembly of the Gambia. The month-long exercise was undertaken by a team of two clerks from the Northern Ireland Assembly and a team of the Gambian National Assembly Members and clerks, which together formed the Working Group on the Review of the Standing Orders.
The Working Group convened on Monday 13 August 2018 in the National Assembly of The Gambia, met intensively over a period of four weeks, and concluded on Friday 7 September 2018.
At the end of its tenure, the Working Group drafted new Standing Orders and a report. The report and draft Standing Orders were presented to the SOSC for consideration, with a view to the SOSC adopting it and presenting it to the plenary as a first step in initiating its own inquiry into the Standing Orders. Alongside this report, the Working Group would produce a roadmap for the SOSC to use to guide the inquiry, and the development, clearance and ratification of new Standing Orders for the National Assembly. Finally, the Working Group would consider the administrative and service-delivery processes underpinning any proposed changes to the Standing Orders.
In May 2018, in response to a request from Madam Speaker of the National Assembly, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy jointly undertook an evaluation of the administration and procedures of the National Assembly of The Gambia. Throughout the evaluation it was clear that there was an opportunity for a review of the current Standing Orders (SOs). It was agreed that, alongside a team of dedicated National Assembly staff, CPA UK will send a team to assist the National Assembly in the management and production of an initial draft review of the Standing Orders in the form of a report to be presented to the Standing Orders Select Committee (SOSC), for debate by the plenary.
Working Group Members
Staff Seconded by CPA UK
Roisin Kelly, Clerk, Northern Ireland Assembly
Alex McGarel, Clerk, Northern Ireland Assembly
Members of The National Assembly, Standing Orders Committee
Hon. Sidia S. Jatta, Chairperson
Hon. Ya Kumba Jaiteh Vice Chairperson
Hon. Madi MK Ceesay, Member
Hon. Demba Sowe, Member
Hon. Bakary Camara, Member
Hon. Momodou Camara, Member
Hon. Mahtarr Jeng, Member
Hon. Ousman Touray, Member
Staff of The National Assembly Service
Kalipha MM Mbye, Head of Hansard and Table Office
Isatou Kassama, Head of Research and Library
Landing Jobe, Head of Committees
Gibairu Janneh, Senior Assistant Clerk