Parliamentarians in Africa have been enjoined to learn the system and act of parliament currently in practice in the National Assembly of Nigeria, for e-parliament, modern technology, transparency and accuracy.
Speaker of Namibia House of Parliament, Ms. Lydia Kandetu, stated this Wednesday, when she led a session of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, African region, to the National Assembly.
Kandetu, after been conducted round the facilities around National Assembly complex and shown how plenaries are conducted at both chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, extolled the expertise displaced by Nigeria in terms of e-parliament and other facilities.
“We have learnt something from the Parliament of Nigeria today. It is a place of significance”, Kandetu, who chaired the first session of the Society of Clerks-At-The-Table (SoCATT), told journalists after the tour.
Ms. Kandetu applauded Nigeria for installing time board and electronic voting machines for Members of Parliament during plenaries. This, she said, would promote transparency, unity, accuracy and e-parliament.
“We went inside the chamber, obviously, the rules are very strict. Although we wanted to take some photos, because when you are coming to visit any other chamber of a country you want to learn more, you want to imitate, learn something to take back to your country.
“I have seen a picture inside the chamber, where they get a board that is showing a time, whenever members are talking, a board that serves as a time keeper for
members which informs you when your time is up on a speech or whether you have few minutes left. That is very good.
“I have seen also, that when they have elections, when the House is divided, they have to vote, there is also a board that is indicating who are for and who are against, and those that are abstaining. It is very important, so that in itself, is a process of unity, it is a process of fairness, no one will come and say I did not say I was abstaining, everything will be on the board,” she said.