Tuesday, October 20, 2020

AG Makes a Boo Boo and Apologizes

House of Assembly closes session without resolution to extend the emergency order; AG’s office failed to bring a resolution to continue the emergency order

Attorney General Carl Bethel said he takes responsibility for the lapse in the emergency order, after Governor General C.A Smith signed a new proclamation to extend the emergency order .

The House of Assembly met today to table the resolution to extend the emergency order to July 31st, but the Office of the Attorney-General failed to deliver a resolution made by Governor General C.A Smith on the March 17th, in time to be Tabled in the House of Assembly before the end of its last session and Budget Debate.

This meant the state of emergency which includes the 24-hour curfew and partial lockdown would have expired at Monday midnight, as the last emergency order expired on June 29th.

Late Monday evening, C.A Smith signed the new order to continue the emergency order.

“As Minister I must accept, and freely do accept full ministerial responsibility for this oversight.

“I reiterate that I take full Ministerial responsibility. The government of the Bahamas has every right to expect and to rely upon timely, and in-time, advice from the Office of the Attorney-General.

“This is not the prime minister’s oversight. This is not the government’s oversight. It is the oversight by my office, and my oversight.

“I apologize for this procedural oversight to His Excellency the Governor General, the Prime Minister, the government of the Bahamas, and the Bahamian people.”

The 10:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew continued immediately after 12:00 midnight Monday evening, as well as all the physical distancing, sanitization and mask wearing.

The restrictions and protocols governing business openings remained in place for the duration of the new proclamation.

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