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How the Senate Works

 

The Senate is a body elected by the population and entrusted with acting on behalf of the population.

Main functions and powers:

-    Representing the population;
-    Passing legislation;
-    Scrutinizing and overseeing executive action;
-    Approving the appointment of State Officials referred to in Article 88 of the Constitution;
-    Supervising the application of the fundamental principles referred to in Articles 10 and the previsions of article 56 & 57 of the Constitution.

To accomplish its mandate, the Senate has set up the following structures:

-    Plenary Session ( supreme body)
-    Bureau
-    Committees
-    Conference of Chairpersons 
  
A great amount of the Senate activity is conducted in Committees and adopted in Plenary Sessions

The Plenary Session conducts its business in public and those who choose to attend may do so without however participating in debates especially because the plenary session serves as the stage of the decision-making process. Public observers are only allowed to take part in committee debates.   

Citizens’ petitions or views may be put to Members or filed in writing to the President of the Senate. They are considered by the Committee on petitions of the population.

Committee sittings, as a rule, start at 9: 00 am and end at 12:00.

Plenary sittings, as a rule, start at 3:00 pm and end at  6:00 pm.  

Committees also conduct business in public but public observers are not allowed to take part in debates except when Committees are conducting special debates on draft laws which may require views of the population and media practitioners.  

Please contact us with any questions or comments by writing or calling:

- Senator (link to the list of Senators);
- Senate (link to contact us)