CHAPTER VII
93. The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker

(1) The Speaker of the National Assembly and the deputy Speaker shall be elected by the members of the Assembly from among the nominated members.
(2) The Chief Justice shall preside at the election of a Speaker.
(3) Unless he or she sooner dies or resigns the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker shall vacate their respective offices-
(a) if he or she ceases to be a member of the National Assembly,
(b) if he or she is removed from that office by a resolution of the National Assembly supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all the members of the National Assembly.
(4) Persons elected to the office of Speaker or Deputy Speaker shall, before assuming the duties of their respective offices take the prescribed oaths.
(5) No business shall be transacted in the National Assembly other than the election of the Speaker or Deputy Speaker when either of those offices is vacant.
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Section 88. Members of The National Assembly 6 0f 2001

(1) The National Assembly shall comprise –
(a) forty-eight members elected from the constitutions demarcated by the Boundaries Commission; and
(b) five members nominated by the president.
(2) Before taking his or her seat in the National Assembly, a member shall take the prescribed oaths before the Speaker:
Provides that a member may take part in the election of a speaker and Deputy speaker before taking such oaths.
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*Section 90. Disqualification for membership of the National Assembly

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(1) No person is qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly if he or she-

(a) holds the citizenship or nationality of a country other than The Gambia
(b) is adjudged under any law of The Gambia to be of unsound mind;

(c) is under sentence of death imposed on him or her by any court, or is serving, or within five years of his or her nomination for election completed serving, a sentence of imprisonment for a term exceeding six months imposed on him or her by a court or substituted by competent authority for some other sentence imposed on him or her by a court, and has not received a free pardon;

(d) has been found guilty of any abuse of office, corruption or any offence connected with public elections by a court;

(e) has been found by the report of a commission or committee of inquiry (the proceedings of which have been held and published in accordance with the relevant law) to be incompetent to hold public office by reason of having acquired assets unlawfully or defrauded the State or misused or abused his or her office, or wilfully acted in a manner pre-judicial to the interests of the State, and the findings have not been set aside on appeal or judicial review;

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(f) within the three years preceding nomination day, holds or acts in any office prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly the functions of which involve responsibility for, or in connection with the conduct of elections to the National Assembly or the compilation of any register of voters for the purpose of such an election;

(g) unless granted leave of absence in accordance with section 170, holds a public office or an office in the public service;

(h) holds or acts in any office or appointment that may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly
(i) is a member of a disciplined force ;
(j) is an elected member of a local government authority ;
(k) is a Director Seyfo or Alkalo; or
(l) is adjudged or otherwise declared a bankrupt under any law of The Gambia and has not been discharge

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