Basseterre, ST. KITTS (KYSS FM) – Member of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Konris Maynard has officially penned a letter to Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Michael Perkins, challenging the suspension imposed on him at the last sitting of Parliament on Tuesday 13th February 2018.
The letter documented Mr. Maynard’s disgust with the actions of Speaker Perkins and stated that the suspension was unlawful, invalid and in violation of the Standing Orders of the National Assembly of St. Christopher and Nevis.
Maynard went on to challenge to challenge the grounds of his naming and suspension, noting that at no time did he engage in gross disrespectful conduct.
The opposition member also challenged the manner in which the Speaker imposed the suspension remarking that it was against proper parliamentary procedure.
Additionally, Mr. Maynard pointed out in his letter to the Speaker that, “Any decision to be taken by the parliament must be carried by a vote after a question is put to the members of the parliament.”
He continued, “No motion for my suspension was carried as there was no question put and no vote taken at the sitting of the parliament as required under section 49(4) of the Standing Orders.”
Maynard confidently stated that given the facts, he has not been legally or validly suspended from the House and therefore demands the Speaker to reverse his decisions.
Maynard’s hasty and faulty ten day suspension was the end result of Speaker Perkins labeling Maynard’s behavior at the last sitting of parliament as grossly disrespectful .
At the time of Maynard’s suspension, he and the other members of the Opposition, were leaving the House after Speaker Perkins refused to hear contributions from the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and Senator Hon. Nigel Carty in the debate of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Port Authority Amendment Bill 2018.
Should Speaker Perkins refuse to reverse his decision on Mr. Maynard’s suspension, despite the errors in the process being pointed out, it will mean that the West Basseterre MP will be unable to enter or participate in the next meeting of the National Assembly which is due to take place on Wednesday 21st February, 2018.