The Deputy Speaker is elected by Members from amongst themselves.
The Deputy Speaker deputizes the Speaker and assists in ensuring the dignity of the Assembly is upheld, its rights and privileges are not abused and generally assists in the interpretation and application of the practices and procedures of the Assembly at all times.
In the absence of the Speaker, or whenever requested by the latter, the Deputy Speaker takes the Chair and has the same powers and functions as the Speaker.
The Deputy Speaker is the Chairperson of the Committee of the Whole House and also chairs the Liaison Committee which comprises all chairpersons of House Committees.
Due to the special nature of the relationship between the Speaker and the Deputy, the two work closely and the Deputy Speaker is considered an integral part of the Office of the Speaker.