Members of Parliament on Tuesday 16th February 2021 unanimously agreed for the discussion of the Medical Examiners Bill 2020 to be deferred to Tuesday 23rd February due to faulty air conditioning in the Well of Parliament which was causing serious discomfort for them to sit beyond two hours.
This unhealthy situation has been going on for more than two weeks, and it has affected if not all but most of the sittings within this period.
Members of Parliament during the last sitting committed the Medical Examiners Bill to the Legislative Committee for further scrutiny despite the fact that it is not a controversial document but has to do with very sensitive area of determining the causes of many untimely deaths and also help the Judiciary in prosecuting murder and felonious matters.
The Speaker before allowing the Chairman of the Legislative Committee, Hon Marray Conteh, to present the report of his Committee, said he will only allow four speakers two from each sides in less than five munities considering the existing situation in the Well and the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Hon Daniel Brima Koroma, instead of them to rush the document after the completion of the second reading to the Committee stage where they will have to look at the Bill clause after clause, he suggested for the sitting to be adjourned for them to do justice to the Bill in the interest of ensuring they come out with a very nice Act.
With these concerns, the presiding Speaker, Hon Solomon Segepoh Thomas, before adjourning the sitting urged the Parliamentary Administration to ensure the Well is made extremely comfortable for MPs before the next adjourn date on Tuesday 23rd February 2021.