Legislature To Convene On Nov 6 In St George’s

October 31, 2020

The Bermuda Legislature — which was dissolved on August 21st prior to the 2020 General Election — will reconvene this coming Friday [Nov 6] in St George’s.

The session will take place in the east end to mark the 400th anniversary of the Legislature, and the official Parliament website describes the history by saying: “Bermuda’s Parliament one of the oldest known Legislatures dates back to 1st August 1620. On that day the then incumbent Governor, Nathaniel Butler, summoned a General Assembly to convene at the church [later called St. Peter's Church] in the town of St. George. The Assembly, the forerunner of Bermuda’s present House of Assembly, included two male representatives ["chosen by voice"] from each of the Tribes [now designated Parishes] into which the colony was then divided.”

The official proclamation [PDF] said, “I, the Governor, acting in accordance with the advice which I have received from the Premier, do appoint that the next session of the Legislature shall commence at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, the 6th day of November, two thousand and twenty, and that the Senate and the House of Assembly shall meet on that day at Their Majesties’ Chappell, St. Peter’s Church, St. George’s.”

Update: For clarification, this was not a “news release,” the proclamation printed in the third paragraph was contained in the official notices and Bernews added the introduction and second paragraph.

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