Ouzzine lectures parliamentarians on absenteeism

The fight against the absenteeism of parliamentarians may well be at the top of the priorities, nothing helps, it does not prevent absences sometimes prolonged for months or even more, hence, negative political and institutional impacts.

Also, the Bureau of the House of Representatives called on members of the House to comply with the requirements of Article 146 of its rules of procedure, which stipulates that representatives must attend all sittings. The provisions of this article have certainly made it possible to limit the damage, so to speak, but it is clear that absenteeism rates remain quite high despite everything. Mohamed Ouzzine Chairman of the meeting on Monday, January 2, lectured so to speak those who are wrong to be absent.

Indeed, the fourth vice-president and member of the Bureau of the House of Representatives, exasperated by the repeated absence of a group of parliamentarians from the sessions, called on all parliamentarians to comply with the provisions provided for in the constitution and the internal system of the House of Representatives, using the attendance card. A requirement in order to justify their presence and to facilitate on occasion, to announce the names of the representatives when they speak during the telecast.

During this session, the House of Representatives was to hold a plenary session devoted to oral questions. It would be followed by a plenary session devoted to the examination and vote on draft legislative texts, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 100 of the Constitution, and the internal rules of the Chamber, in particular in its Articles 258 to 272.

It must be said that the absence of parliamentarians is a scourge that is far from being extinguished internally. Beyond the number of projects that are being shelved to the chagrin of supporters, the real problem firstly concerns Parliament’s image in public opinion, hence this fight against the phenomenon of absenteeism . Even though the parliamentary administration differentiates between justified and unjustified absences, all past legislatures have fought against them in vain.

Rule 105 of the Rules of Procedure of the House of Representatives states that “Members of standing parliamentary committees are obliged to attend meetings and participate in their work. With this in mind, each member must ensure that he takes part in the meetings of the commissions of which he is a member and that he actively participates in the work. No member shall be absent except for a valid reason, namely: the participation in an official activity in his electoral district; participation in an official parliamentary activity in Morocco or abroad; sick leave for a member, maternity leave for a member of parliament and finally participation in the sessions of the municipal, territorial councils or professional Chambers”.

There is no safeguard there and it is easy to understand that our representatives abuse medical certificates to justify repeated or prolonged absences. Article 106 of these rules of procedure provides for deductions from the salaries of deputies, stipulating that deductions are made from the allowances granted to parliamentarians by counting unjustified absences. It also requires elected officials to communicate in writing to the chairman of the committee the reason for the absence or through the chairman of the group or parliamentary grouping. Subsequently, the names of the members present and absent are recorded in the minutes of the meeting at the start of the work.

The sanctions provided for in the rules of procedure are in particular the reading of the names of the parliamentarians absent at the beginning of each meeting and the publication of their names in the Official Bulletin of the Parliament. Unfortunately, no text of law or legal provision clearly provides for the automatic forfeiture of a member of parliament of his parliamentary mandate for repeated or prolonged absence. The process of dismissal of elected officials is exclusively the responsibility of the Constitutional Court.

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