Consideration of report on drought areas resumes

The house sits for the eighth Parliament session this afternoon. The order of the day has started off with the Resumption of Consideration of Report on the familiarisation visit by the Parliamentary Standing Committee to Otjozondjupa Region.

Also, the Resumption of Consideration of Report on the visit by the Parliamentary Standing Committee to the drought stricken areas of Ohangwena, Omusati, Kunene and Erongo regions is part of the agenda as we speak.

At the proceedings of yesterday's session, the house was addressed by !Nawases-Taeyele who presented the Plan of Action of the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) Regional Parliamentarian Workshop on “The Arms Trade Treaty” (ATT), which had been held from 29 to 30 May this year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for further information.

During the proceedings, Tjongarero also presented a report on the Fourth Children’s Parliament held at the National Assembly from 6 to 10 May this year, for discussion.

The house agreed to the Ministerial Statement in terms of Rule 20(h) of the Standing Rules and Orders: The Minister of Environment and Tourism informed the Assembly on the outcomes of the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), held in Windhoek late last month.

During this afternoon’s sitting, the house will hear from Von Wietersheim on where the next round of elections are likely to be held, in just over a year’s time. In the mean time,the Namibian High Court has pronounced itself in no uncertain terms about the urgent need to reform and improve the electoral law before the next presidential elections.

Both, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC) have pointed to the need for a complete overhaul of the electoral law, to restore the trust of the Namibian people in the electoral system. The first drafts had reportedly been completed by March this year while the draft legislation was actually expected to be ready by the end of May.

The assembly requested that the Minister of Justice reports to the August House on:

-                The progress achieved with the completion of the drafting process,

-                The time-frame envisaged for tabling the draft legislation in this Assembly, and

- The assurance of the Minister to this Assembly, as well as to the judiciary and the Namibian electorate, that the electoral legislation will be finalised in time to allow for proper preparation of the elections and true to the principles of inclusiveness, transparency and accountability.