Pursuant to art. 60 of the Constitution, Parliament meets in public. (the so-called Public Meetings of Parliament).
In these meetings political decisions are taken. The meetings of the Central Committee and other committees
are also public, pursuant to art. 27, RoO. These meetings can be considered to be work meetings or preparatory
meetings. Because of the public nature of the meetings of Parliament and the committees, these can be attended
by the public and the press can report these meetings.
Pursuant to art. 93, RoO, the President may set clothing requirements (a dress code) for the members, the
invited guests and the audience. Furthermore, the President may also set rules for the admission of visitors to
the building of Parliament and to the public tribunes.
By setting a dress code it is contemplated that the persons who attend meetings of Parliament wear “proper
attire”. Taking into account the fact that nowadays not only “jacket and tie” gets the qualification of proper attire
and the fact that we operate in the Caribbean region, the dress code is stipulated as follows:
Dress code members of Parliament
For male members of Parliament the stipulation that covers “proper attire” could be described as formal and
semi-formal wear. You can envision in that case the European model of “jacket and tie” and the models as
we described under the term “Nehru jacket” (with the so-called stand up collar) appearing in the Caribbean
region, the “Mau Zedong jacket”, originating from China, the safari suit and the Guayabera which is also very
often worn in the Caribbean and Latin American region, as well as the “liquiliqui”-model that is often seen in
Venezuela. Provided that these models all have long sleeves they meet the qualification of “proper attire”.
For the meetings of the central committee the requirement is that the clothing can be a “jacket without a tie”,
or the abovementioned models, the latter with short sleeves.
For the female members of Parliament “smart casual” and also “business casual” applies. If the ladies wear
skirts, then it should be at least knee length. It should be clear that wearing provocative clothing in this case is
not permitted; thus no tight fitting, no see-through, nor revealing clothing. With regard to footwear, modern
fashionable slippers are allowed.
Dress code for invited guests
Meetings of Parliament and of the committees are public and thus open for invited guests and the general
public. Under invited guest (with the exception of the ministers and their advisors) is to be understood persons
who are invited for special occasions by the President of Parliament or other members to attend the meeting in
the public tribune. Beside this group there are also others persons who may be invited for the meetings: think
of ministers, advisors to ministers, representatives of the High Councils of State, organization, institutions and
other private persons. The dress code for the members of Parliament is also applicable to these groups of persons.
Dress code for the press
To cover the meetings there is a press room. For the members of the press the rule applies that with a jacket
without a tie they can have access to the press room. If a member of the press comes without a jacket, he must
take a seat in the public tribune.
Dress code public/visitors
The public (audience) has the right to attend public meetings of Parliament and of the committees. In that case,
the public enters the building through the entrance on the Wilhelmina Street and go to the public tribune to
sit and listen to the meeting and to witness it firsthand.
For this audience, both male and female, the rule applies that they should wear proper attire. This is defined as
neat, clean clothing and appropriate footwear; no shorts and no slippers are allowed.
Finally, it should be noted that for formal meetings and other special occasions, the President may stipulate
special dress code, such as dark suit.