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Appointment of Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons

The Standing Orders have given powers to the Committee of Selection whose Chairperson is the Speaker, to appoint the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of most Committees. The chairs of some Committees such as the Committee of Privileges, Standing Orders Committee and Appointments Committee have been designated by the Standing Orders of the House.

Chairpersons of committees are not evenly spread among the Parties. Most chairpersons are pre-selected and appointed from the Majority Party. But Committees such as the Public Accounts and the Committee on Statutory Instruments have their chairpersons selected from the Minority Party. But these committees, like all other commit¬tees, have the majority of their members selected from the Majority Party to reflect party strengths in the House in accordance with Article 103(5) of the Constitution.


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