THE 15th National Assembly completed two years on Aug 17. Its performance during this period has been the subject of discussion in the past few days. The most promising aspect of the performance during the second year has been the relative improvement in the pace of legislation as the National Assembly passed 30 bills during the year compared to just 10 in the first year. The number of both government and private members’ bills introduced during the year also registered a significant increase. Historically, the legislative performance of a National Assembly during its first year is rather slow because the government takes time to draw up its legislative agenda, and the formation of standing committees, which play a key role in legislation, is also generally delayed.
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