Constitutional Amendment Bill in NA on Thurs

01 Aug 2014 14:20pm

WINDHOEK, 30 JUL (NAMPA) ? A Bill to amend the country?s Constitution will be tabled in the National Assembly (NA) on Thursday, Presidential Affairs Minister and Attorney-General Albert Kawana announced in Parliament on Wednesday. The Constitutional Amendment Bill will provide for the presidency, run offs for presidential elections and create a vice-president to be appointed by the president. The Bill will also see the appointment by the president of the Head of the Intelligence Service. Furthermore, it will regulate the hierarchy of succession and push that the appointment of the Deputy Prime Minister is not mandatory, whilst inserting that the vice-president can assign functions to the Secretary to Cabinet. The Bill which also seeks for parliamentary staff to be made part of the Public Service, will also provide for the creation of a Parliamentary Service Commission. The Constitutional Amendment Bill would also see the expansion of the NA from 72 to 100 seats and the National Council (NC) from 26 to 42 seats. Meanwhile, the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh also gave notice that the Electoral Reform Bill will be tabled in the NA on 12 August 2014. Namoloh said the Bill will provide for the establishment and composition of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and its powers, duties and functions. In addition, it will look at the registration of voters, nomination of candidates, the conduct of the election of persons to the office of the President as well as the conduct of the election of members of the NA. Amongst others the conduct of members of regional councils and local authority councils, the holding of referenda, the registration and the de-registration of political parties and the funding of political parties and organisation will also be provided for. (NAMPA) SL/ND