Vice Speaker Bells, who chaired the HOD session yesterday, appears not to be comfortable sitting in the Speakership position. Listening to him is a chore (it takes some effort to do, trust me), and he comes out looking tense, and doesn't exudes confidence giving the impression that he is unsure of what he's doing. I do not know whether him conducting the session is the reason for the circus atmosphere in the House or the House itself is now run by clowns. Take for example, the vote yesterday to defer action of the bill to require candidates to give their consent (background check) before being placed on the ballot, was fumbled a number of times that recess was called on a couple of occassions to try and settle the proper voting procedure. Total confusion ensued. The moment itself was worthy of the best comedy honor at the Academy of Motion Picture Award.
The first vote of the "consent" bill was a voice vote, simply Yes or No. After the vote was done no one knew how many said Yes and how many said No. Then confusion reigned at that moment. A recess was called to try and sort out the confusion (at least that's what I think). A second vote was called by 'show of hand'.
After the 'show of hand' vote Delegate Mariur questioned why his vote was not counted. He says he abstained from voting, but the result showed a 7-7 tie of the 14 members present, that would mean nobody abstained. How can that be? After more confusion and another recess. A third vote of the bill was taken by a 'roll call' to end their public embarassment.
Ngiwal State Delegate Noah Idechong commenting in between the voting, aptly called the whole procedural confusion "ridiculous".
I'm reminded of the Casino bill which was subsequently "killed" by HOD, there was total confusion (or were they running scared from the community that they forgot their floor rules) of their voting procedures before the vote. And guess who presided over the session?
Is this now? a) House of Clowns b) House of Confusion c ) Both a and b d) or you just don't care anymore