Monday, 13 August 2007 1:39 PM

Speaker Checks Legality of No-Confidence Motion

A second motion of no confidence notice filed by the Opposition "could be out of order".

Served by South Malaita MP, William Haomae, the motion was put on notice just hours after the withdrawl of Edward Huniehu's no confidence motion in the Prime Minister.

However, Speaker to National Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea in confirming the notice to SIBC said "the motion may be out of order".

Sir Peter said legal clarification are being sought from legal officers in Parliament on a matter in which Mr. Haomae and himself were summoned over an earlier no confidence motion in the Prime Minister in February.

He told SIBC that legal questions over Mr. Haomae's motion then are pending declaratory orders from the High Court, which according to Sir Peter is "different from Mr Huni'ehu's motion last week" which he allowed to be moved.

Sir Peter explained to SIBC that Mr Huni'ehu's motion was put on notice before summons were being filed in court and he was of the view that the plaintiffs were using the court process to interfere with parliamentary proceedings.