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Unformatted text preview: (except when the House is in Committee) and is responsible for maintaining order in the Council. The President ensures that votes and proceedings in the Chamber are conducted in accordance with constitutional and statutory requirements, and the Standing Orders (rules of procedure and debate) and the practices of the Council. As Presiding Officer in the Council, the President acts as its Chairman and makes rulings on a wide variety of matters affecting the operation of the Chamber. For example, the Standing Orders envisage that the President will act so as to maintain order during debate. A most important characteristic that a presiding officer should strive to demonstrate is impartiality. Regardless of any political affiliations the presiding officer must be seen to act in a fair and impartial manner to all Members of the House...
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- Fall '11