The Pan African Parliament (PAP) is currently renewing the leadership of its seven caucuses and eleven committees. The elections started last weekend saw the election of committee leaders this Monday, 14th May 2018 at Midrand, South Africa.
The election season at the Pan Africa parliament begin with the elective of the bureau lead by Cameroon’s Roger Nkodo Dang.
He won a second three year mandate at the helm of the continental body with 133 votes obtaining the absolute majority required. Runners up, Chief Fortune Charumbira from Zimbabwe who got 47 votes while Hon. Mostafa El Gendy from Egypt had 44.Hon. Nkodo Dang was first elected as
President of the Pan African Parliament on 27th May 2015. He took over from Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi. The members of the Pan African Parliament saluted the elections which they described as evidence of democracy that continent should emulate.All the contesting candidates accepted the results.
Hon. Chief Charumbira said, “I am hoping this is a lesson to my fellow Africans across the continent that democratic processes must be embraced and appreciated. The parliamentarians from across the continent
present here today casted their votes freely and this is a signal that we are in the correct path towards embracing the democratic processes of running our elections. Let this not end here, but let it be a continental practice and culture.”The continental legislature
also elected Hon. Stephen Julius Masele of Tanzania (East Africa), as first vice President, Hon. Haïdara Aichata Cissé of Mali (West Africa) as second vice president, and Hon. Bouras Djamal of Algeria (North Afica) as third vice-president.Southern African Region does not have a vice–president as the caucus had not yet nominated a candidate.
The Clerk of Parliament, Mr. Vipya Harawa, is expected to call a fresh election for Southern Africa to take the position of 4th vice President.