The Speaker’s Office has officially confirmed the passage of the Security of Online Systems Bill by Parliament, aligning with the directives of the Supreme Court, as endorsed by the Attorney General’s Department. This affirmation comes in response to recent misconceptions circulating regarding the legislative process.
Highlighting the collaborative nature of lawmaking between Parliament, the Attorney General’s Department, and the Law Drafting Department, the Speaker’s Office emphasized that Parliament operates within the framework established by the Supreme Court and the Constitution. Any suggestion to the contrary, asserting unilateral discretion of the Speaker in enacting laws or introducing amendments, is deemed inaccurate and disrespectful to legal norms.
A statement issued by the Speaker’s Office clarified the procedural steps involved in passing legislation. According to Article 121 of the Constitution, bills presented to Parliament are subject to scrutiny by the Supreme Court, with a three-week window for objections. Following the Court’s decision, communicated to the Speaker, it is announced in Parliament and published in the Hansard Report, ensuring transparency and accessibility.
In adherence to the Supreme Court’s ruling, amendments to the Security of Online Systems Bill were proposed by the relevant ministry and vetted through the legislative process. The Speaker, devoid of unilateral authority over amendments, facilitated their consideration during parliamentary sessions. Additionally, the Attorney General’s presence during debates underscored the commitment to upholding legal mandates.
Upon thorough deliberation and compliance checks, the Bill was passed by Parliament and certified by the Attorney General, culminating in its enactment as the Security of Online Systems Act No. 9 of 2024. The Speaker’s Office reaffirmed Parliament’s fidelity to constitutional principles and the rule of law, refuting claims suggesting otherwise.
Any Member of Parliament seeking clarity on the legislative proceedings is encouraged to engage with relevant documentation and seek guidance from knowledgeable authorities. Upholding the integrity of democratic institutions requires a collective understanding and adherence to established protocols, thereby safeguarding the credibility of Parliament.