Parliament service commission on the cards – The Namibian
The National Assembly decided to establish a parliamentary services commission that would deal, among other, with staff recruitment. The legislature also created a protection unit to provide security services.
These were just a few of the many decisions made during a five-day parliamentary session, which concluded Friday at Swakopmund.
The workshop covered the parliamentary standing rules, orders, and internal arrangements.
Vincent Sinalubu was the director of information research. He stated that the workshop focused on reviewing the rules in order to improve functionality and efficiency for the National Assembly processes.
“It is a standard practice to review standing rules and orders. The purpose of the whole exercise is to improve operations and functions in parliament. This is the guiding principle that can oversee parliament’s operations.
They were being revised to include other items. For example, in the rules, now we have added something that will make provision for the establishment of a parliamentary service commission and the creation of a parliamentary protection service,” Sinalubu told The Namibian yesterday. “As of now, parliament staff members are recruited by the Public Service Commission. So, the whole idea is we want to have our own commission and to also create a parliamentary protection service.”
The validation workshop was held in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, (KAS). It was attended by members of parliament, staff, and management.
Sinalubu stressed that this is the first time the parliament has reviewed its rules holistically since independence.
Peter Katjavivi the speaker of the National Assembly noted last week during the opening of workshop that the review was intended to improve efficiency and meet changing needs of voters.
“As an institution working in partnership with the other two organs of the state, to ensure that citizens receive the best services possible, our operations, rules and procedures must be aligned to smoothen the execution of our mandate as the legislature, the core functions of parliament,” Katjavivi said.
Katjavivi said that parliamentary procedures like the rules and procedures for debates and motions and voting as well as the internal arrangements of parliamentary boards needed to be improved in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency the legislative process.