The swearing-in of a new Parliament is a momentous occasion for any country, and Jamaica is no different as it prepares for members of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to take their seats on the government benches in Gordon House today.
Yesterday, the Parliament building on Duke Street in downtown Kingston was a hive of activity as last-minute preparations were carried out for today’s first sitting of both Houses, following the February 25 general election.
From ensuring that there are enough benches on either side of the chamber to ensuring that the desks are clean and the carpet vacuumed, it was work and more work yesterday.
When The Gleaner arrived at Gordon House early yesterday morning, Marshall of the House Kevin Williams was checking to make sure that all the seats were in place and the microphones properly attached and working.
Later, Williams was seen taking the Mace – the symbol of royal authority, without which the Parliament is not properly constituted – for cleaning from the spot where it lay since the House was dissolved on February 5.
Shortly afterwards, a team from Milestone Environmental Limited descended on the House to dust, vacuum, polish, and shine the chamber and surrounding areas.
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