Appointment of Clerk and other Officers
Section 48 of Constitution states that:
- There shall be a Clerk of Parliament appointed by the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders.
- Subject to any wishes, which may be expressed from time to time by Parliament, the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders shall appoint such other staff of Parliament, as it may from time to time consider necessary.
- The staff of Parliament shall be appointed on terms of service approved from time to time by Parliament and shall be deemed to be public officers but shall not form part of the Public Service.
Conditions of Services
Clerk of Parliament
The Clerk of Parliament is seized with both procedural and administrative duties. One of the procedural services provided by the Clerk include; administering Oath or Affirmation of Loyalty to new members; authenticating acts before they are dispatched to the Head of State for approval; and receiving and placing amendments on the Order Paper. Administrative duties of the Clerk include: preparation of the budget of the Legislature and control of expenditures; custodianship of the Parliament assets; overall supervision of Parliamentary staff; and acting as the Secretary to the Standing Rules and Orders Committee (SROC).
Since the 2000 General Election, greater demands have been placed on the responsiveness and quality of services provided by the Administration. this new environment, the Clerk can be expected to devote more time to strategic management of the Administration, including macro-level issues, such as:
- Quality control of service delivery;
- Continuous monitoring of the implementation of the Annual Corporate Plan, which sets clear performance objectives and indicators for each directorate and unit; and
- Further capacity building and career development of staff with particular focus on leadership and management skills.