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NIGERIA
Senate
PRESIDENCY OF THE PARLIAMENTARY CHAMBER

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Parliament name National Assembly
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name Senate
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) House of Representatives
APPOINTMENT AND TERM OF OFFICE
Title President of the Senate
Term - duration: 4 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution
Appointment - elected by all the Senators
- election is held at the first sitting of the newly elected Senate or when a vacancy occurs
- after validation of mandates
- before Members are sworn in
Eligibility - only a Senator can be elected
- candidatures must be submitted by a third party who is himself a Senator
- candidatures must be supported by another Senator
Voting system - if only one candidature is submitted : the candidate is elected without a vote or debate
- if two candidatures are submitted : a vote by secret ballot is held. Simple majority is required
- if more than two candidatures are submitted : a vote by secret ballot is held. The candidates who obtains the majority is elected. In case of a tie, the candidate with the fewest vote is eliminated and new round voting is held
Procedures / results - the Clerk presides over the Senate during the voting
- the Clerk announces the results without any delay
STATUS
Status - in the absence of the President, the Vice President can assume his/her role and functions
Board
Material facilities
FUNCTIONS
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions, in exceptional case only
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings, in the framework of the Standing Orders
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the Senate
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives and withdraws permission to speak
- calls for a vote, decides how it is to be carried out, verifies the voting procedure and cancels a vote in the event of irregularities
- checks the quorum
- interprets the rules or other regulations governing the life of the Senate
Special powers - is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the Senate
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - takes part in voting, only in a case of a tied vote

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