This is the first Bill to be tabled in Parliament by the new government.
The Bill, which was published in the Government Gazette on Sep. 02, has been included in the Order Paper of Parliament for today.
Parliament officials said that within a week of the Bill being tabled to the House, the Constitution provides for interested parties to invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to determine whether the Bill or any of its provisions are inconsistent with the Constitution.
If the Bill is not challenged in the Supreme Court, it can be taken up for debate after seven days. If challenged, the SC has to deliver its determination within 21 days from the date of the petitions. Parliament is not entitled to take any action on this Amendment Bill during that period.