Second day of Parliamentary Seminar in Bata

Under the moderation of the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, from 6th to 14th August the work of the seminar of “Institutional Consolidation of the Senate and Evolutionary Lines of Current Parliamentarianism” will be carried out, with the aim of extending and making effective its parliamentary diplomacy through an exchange if experiences during the second day of the parliamentary seminar. The meeting took place at the headquarters of the Chamber of Deputies in Bomudi.

Along these lines, for the second consecutive day, the Spanish experts in matters of Parliamentary Law, Javier Sanchez Sanchez and Antonio Lucio Gil, continued to expound their knowledge.

During the first session, they explained concepts regarding the Senator’s Statute, which covers inviolability, immunity, assessment, and incompatibilities, rights and duties, so that the senators understand their internal role and actions with respect to the positive application of the Senate Regulations and the prerogative of inviolability, which guarantees freedom of expression and vote to parliament, without falling into excesses, when parliamentary discipline would be applied.

Regarding immunity, the Spanish facilitator said that it is a prerogative that protects the representative against any form of arrest, except for flagrant offences or legal provisions that, removing freedom of movement, prevent appearance at the sessions of Parliament but do not absolve him of his civil obligations, as the immunity does not protect his assets, evoking similarly the prerogative of assessment, which has no material content and is applied only in the organic and procedural area, reserving for specific tribunals the knowledge and verdict on the causes in which the parliamentarians are involved, both to ask for the corresponding authorisation request and to monitor actions, if granted.

With respect to incompatibilities, Javier Sanchez Sanchez pointed out the incompatibility and its non-elective, ministerial, judicial and other elective mandatory functions, together with employment and ownership, which as a consequence lead to the prohibition of a parliamentarian to carry out a public or private function during his mandate, in order to avoid pressures of interest by the employer, when its origin and classification should be made known.

The duties and rights of the Senator require proportionality in their use, which implies that they must be understood in a restrictive way in order to be used correctly, explained the Spanish expert.

After concluding the presentation of the issues, there was a session for questions, in which the senators presented their concerns, which will allow the correct assimilation of the concepts and, as a consequence, will affect their behaviour and actions as parliamentarians. Specifically, they insisted on knowing the prerogatives and their correct usage, together with their limitations and circumstances, matters which were fully clarified by the facilitator Sanchez Sanchez, supported by Teresa Efua Asangono, as moderator of these days for reflection.

With respect to the second session of the day, the lawyer Antonio Lucio Gil explained the procedures that the parliamentarians must follow to investigate a matter; following his presentation, the senators asked questions on various points in order to obtain full understanding.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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