A Motion of No Confidence brought against the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Micheal Perkings by the Dr. Denzil Douglas led St.Kitts Nevis Opposition has been dismissed on the grounds that the motion was improper and in breach of the Parliamentary rules and regulations and therefore has No Standing and as a result a nullity.
Speaker Perkins made the announcement that the Motion of No Confidence was rejected under Section 27 (3) of the Standing Orders of the National Assembly of Saint Christopher and Nevis; the section treats with Form of Notice.
Section 27 (3) states: “If the Speaker is of the opinion that any notice of motion which has been received by the Clerk infringes the provisions of any Standing Order, or is in any other way out of order, he or she may direct (a) that the member concerned be informed that the notice of motion is out of order; or (b) that the notice of motion be entered in the Order Book with such alterations as he or she may direct.”
The Speaker also read 34 (8) which states: “An amendment must not be substantially a direct negative of the original proposition or any amendment thereto.”
The motion unlike past motions was dealt with on the first meeting of the assembly since the motion was filed . In the recent past Motion of No Confidence has infamously taken upwards of 24 months to be dealt with.