JOHANNESBURG – Among the key considerations of the sixth Parliament is the national Budget that was tabled in February, says National Assembly (NA) Secretary Masibulele Xaso.
“A very important function that will have to be done in a short space of time is the consideration of the national budget, tabled in February. It was not passed by the fifth Parliament. It will now be passed by the sixth Parliament. These new members will have to consider the budget, and hopefully pass it before the end of July this year,” he said.
Xaso was speaking to SAnews on Friday at the National Results Operations Centre (ROC) as vote counting following the sixth National and Provincial Elections continued.
Xaso outlined the process that would take place in the National Assembly (NA) once the election results are declared. The commission, he said, would put names to seats in the NA.
“Once that process is done, the votes are then sent to the Chief Justice and eventually to Parliament, and that will enable Parliament to coordinate its activities for the first sittings of both the NA and National Council of Provinces (NCOP). At the first sitting of the NA, which must happen within 14 days of the declaration of results, new members must be sworn in,” he said.