A PROCLAMATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE OF THE HOUSE OF PEOPLES' REPRESENTATIVES
WHEREAS, Article 55 of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia provides that the House of Peoples' Representatives has the power to legislate within the bounds of the jurisdiction of the Federal Government;
WHEREAS, this complete power to legislate is to be exercised in accordance with a procedure followed by the House, having consulted upon and consented to it;
WHEREAS, the legislative procedure of the House ought to emphasize on the democratic tenets embodied in the Constitution and its modus operandi ought to be carefully devised with transparency and comprehensibility to the public in mind;
NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with Articles 59(2) and 55(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, it is hereby proclaimed as follows:
1. Short Title
This Proclamation may be cited as the "House of Peoples' Representatives Legislative Procedure Proclamation No. 14/1995.
In this Proclamation: 1) "Law" means proclamations, regulations or directives that come into force upon approval by the House of Peoples' Representatives and subsequent publication in the Federal Negarit Gazeta, under the signature of the President, in accordance with the procedure aid down herein;
2) "the House" means the House of Peoples' Representatives established pursuant to the provisions of Articles 53 to 60 of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia;
3) "Secretary" means the Head of the Secretariat established under Proclamation No. 13/1995
4) "Draft Legislation" means any matter brought before the House for its consideration.
3. Submission of Draft Legislation
House, may submit a draft legislation on any matter, for promulgation by the House.
1) Every Deputy, member to the 2) a draft legislation submitted under sub-Article (1) shall be:
(a) made in writing; and (b) endorsed by the signatures of its initiator and, at least, 20 members of the House.
3) The Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has the right to submit draft legislation to the House. 4) All draft legislation shall be submitted to the Speaker of the House, through the Secretary.
5) The Speaker shall, upon submission of a draft legislation to him, notify the House of its content and essence; cause it to be itemized in the agenda for preliminary reading.
8. Approval of Draft Legislation
1) The Speaker of the House shall, together with a statement that the draft legislation has been considered and approved by the House, pass it on within two working days to the President of the Federal Government, for his signature, pursuant to Article 21(4) of the Rules of Procedure of the House and Article 57 of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. 2) The legislation shall come into force upon being signed by the President or, in case otherwise, fifteen (15) days after its having been received by him.
3) The approved legislation shall be numbered by the Speaker and thereby published in the Federal Negarit Gazeta.
9. Effective Date
This Proclamation shall enter into force as of the 26th day of October, 1995.
Done at Addis Ababa, this 26th day of October, 1995.
NEGASO GIDADA (DR.)
PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA