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17 September 2010 (Close of Business)
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1.1 In order
to establish a more responsive and effective Parliament capable
of effectively executing its Representing and Oversight of the Executive
branch of Government, Parliament, in October 1996, appointed the
Parliament Reform Committee (PRC), to review the practice and procedure
of the House in relation to public business. The PRC undertook extensive
consultations with all sections of the population through public
hearings and written evidence. The Committee also made a thorough
stud of similar developments in systems of several parliaments to
identify and borrow best practices.
1.2 In May 1999,
the PRC recommended urgent reforms in the following areas:
- The Legislative
of the people
In order to
implement the reforms, Parliament, in the first phase of implementation,
set itself the following broad objectives:
capacity of Members and staff of Parliament to assume greater
policy formulation tasks.
ii. Use of the committee system to improve parliament's
iii. Raising the visibility and profile of the Legislature as
a development policy formulation and implementation institution.
iv. Establishing Parliament Constituency Information Centres (PCICs)
to serve as meeting places for MPs and their constituents and
as centres for information dissemination.
v. Equipping staff with skills in the areas of Policy Research
Support, Gender Management, Report Writing and Presentation and
1.3 The major
achievements of the first phase include the following:
- The creation
of a coordinated system of Portfolio committees with detailed
terms of reference and covering every Government Ministry.
- The establishment
of over 100 House of Assembly Parliament Constituency Information
Centres (PCICs) out of 120 constituents.
enhancement of MPs and officers of Parliament through induction
and other training courses of a technical and generic nature.
- The introduction
of question Time without Notice.
- The development
of a re-engineered budget process.
Three Year and the current (2010-2012) Two Year Rolling Parliamentary
Support Programme (PSP) built on the successes and challenges of
the first phase. As observed in the end of term evaluation report
of the 2004-2007 Three Year Rolling plan, there is need to establish
several baselines on MPs in order to develop relevant capacity building
programes and tools. Listed below are the proposed surveys.
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