The Speaker is the principal office holder in the Assembly. He or she is the House’s representative or spokesperson and chairs its meetings. The Speaker is elected from among the 48 Members of the House and is usually a person of considerable parliamentary experience. He oversees various legislation in the House.
Electing a Speaker is the first thing that the House does when it meets for the first time after a general election or when the seat falls vacant. The Speaker makes sure that Members obey the rules (standing orders) of the House and follow the correct procedures. The Speaker has the responsibility of providing services to the Assembly.