Lack of quorum forces house adjournment for second day
DHARAMSALA, 12 Sept: The 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile(TPIE) could not hold its session on Monday as it fell short of the quorum during the 5th day of its ongoing 4th Session.
While Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel had to adjourn the session on Saturday afternoon till Monday morning after some lawmakers staged a walkout leaving the house short of a quorum, the session couldn’t reconvene today as well as it fell short of quorum yet again.
The disparity between the lawmakers recurred while discussing the amendment to article 63 of the Charter of Tibetans in exile which relates to the Justice Commissioners of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission.
The disparity between the lawmakers recurred while discussing the amendment to article 63 of the Charter of Tibetans in exile which relates to the qualification of the Chief Justice and the Justice Commissioners of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission.
While lawmakers who staged a walkout of the house maintained that Resolution No. 39 is a thing of the past, entirely different from the amendment to article 63 of the Charter and they will take no part in the house proceedings to talk about it, others argued that Resolution No. 39 passed by the parliament with more than two-thirds of the MPs should be upheld as the house is yet to cancel it.
As the TPIE could not hold its session for a second day, it remains to be seen when will the house reconvene to continue its pending proceedings.
Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel said that the proceedings will resume as and when the house gets its quorum while announcing the adjournment of the house today in the afternoon due to the lack of quorum.
The fourth session of the 17th TPIE is scheduled to be held from 7-16 Sept.
Tibetan Parliament-in-exile consists of 45 members: ten members each from U-Tsang, Do-tod and Do-med, the three traditional provinces of Tibet, two members each from the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the traditional Bon faith, two members each from Europe and North America and a member representing Tibetans in Asia and Australasia (excluding India, Nepal and Bhutan)
The TPIE holds its session twice every year with an interval of six months, a budget session in March and a general session in September.