An increased number of members of parliamentarians won’t make them more productive": vice president of senate honorable Mrs Esperance NYIRASAFARI

An increased number of members of parliamentarians won’t make them more productive": vice president of senate honorable Mrs Esperance NYIRASAFARI

Following the spread of information that some of the political parties recognized in Rwanda have been requesting an increase in the number of Deputies in the Rwandan Parliament to match the population growth, the leaders of the Senate and the Deputies say that a larger number is not necessary for effective functioning. Instead, there is a need to enhance the capacity of those who join the Parliament.

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In less than two and a half months, Rwandans will go to the polls to elect the President of the country, as well as their representatives in the House of Deputies in the Parliament.

However, for the past two years, some of the recognized political parties in Rwanda have been indicating that they want the number of Deputies to be increased from the 80 established by the 2003 Rwandan Constitution.

Dr. Frank Habineza, the President of the Democratic Green Party, said in 2022 that "something that would help Rwandans to be better represented is that at least the number of Deputies would increase in the assembly, they appointed 80 Deputies in 2003, we would like the number of Deputies to increase at least a few they will be like a hundred".

HHon. Mrs Nyirasafari Esperance, Vice President of the Senate, says that currently, the number of Deputies is not an issue, and if it becomes evident that the number needs to be adjusted, it will be changed."

She said, "A large number doesn't necessarily yield better results, but that can also be considered. The 80 members of parliament we have are doing a lot of work, which is good. I think we should focus on what they are doing rather than the number, but if the time comes, that will also be reviewed."

The outgoing Deputies agree with this view. Hon. Harerimana Moussa Fazil, Vice President of the House of Deputies, says that their number has never hindered their duties; rather, the issue should be addressed elsewhere, including the individual capabilities of each person.

He said, "Looking at the work we are doing, if anything goes wrong, it will not be due to the small number of people, it will be due to the capacity of people, then there is a way to increase the capacity of people, which is the capacity of elected officials and the capacity of workers".

 On the other hand, Ismael Buchanan, a political analyst, says that there is a need to see if each district is properly represented.

He said “If you look at the work we do, if there is something that doesn't go well, it wouldn't be due to a small number but rather the capabilities of individuals. In such a case, there should be ways to enhance the capacities of people, both the elected members and the staff."

On the other hand, Ismael Buchanan, a political analyst, says that there is still a need to ensure that each region is adequately represented.

Regarding preparation for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections scheduled from July 14 to 16, 2024, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has started distributing forms for collecting signatures for those wishing to be included on the list of candidates.

Meanwhile, it is expected that the House of Deputies will soon be dissolved at the end of its term, by Article 79 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 2003 as amended to date, which states that the dissolution of the House of Deputies for electoral reasons is enacted by the President of the Republic at least 30 days and no more than 60 days before the end of the Deputies' term.

Author: Emilienne KAYITESI

 

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An increased number of members of parliamentarians won’t make them more productive": vice president of senate honorable Mrs Esperance NYIRASAFARI

An increased number of members of parliamentarians won’t make them more productive": vice president of senate honorable Mrs Esperance NYIRASAFARI

 May 7, 2024 - 14:56

Following the spread of information that some of the political parties recognized in Rwanda have been requesting an increase in the number of Deputies in the Rwandan Parliament to match the population growth, the leaders of the Senate and the Deputies say that a larger number is not necessary for effective functioning. Instead, there is a need to enhance the capacity of those who join the Parliament.

kwamamaza

In less than two and a half months, Rwandans will go to the polls to elect the President of the country, as well as their representatives in the House of Deputies in the Parliament.

However, for the past two years, some of the recognized political parties in Rwanda have been indicating that they want the number of Deputies to be increased from the 80 established by the 2003 Rwandan Constitution.

Dr. Frank Habineza, the President of the Democratic Green Party, said in 2022 that "something that would help Rwandans to be better represented is that at least the number of Deputies would increase in the assembly, they appointed 80 Deputies in 2003, we would like the number of Deputies to increase at least a few they will be like a hundred".

HHon. Mrs Nyirasafari Esperance, Vice President of the Senate, says that currently, the number of Deputies is not an issue, and if it becomes evident that the number needs to be adjusted, it will be changed."

She said, "A large number doesn't necessarily yield better results, but that can also be considered. The 80 members of parliament we have are doing a lot of work, which is good. I think we should focus on what they are doing rather than the number, but if the time comes, that will also be reviewed."

The outgoing Deputies agree with this view. Hon. Harerimana Moussa Fazil, Vice President of the House of Deputies, says that their number has never hindered their duties; rather, the issue should be addressed elsewhere, including the individual capabilities of each person.

He said, "Looking at the work we are doing, if anything goes wrong, it will not be due to the small number of people, it will be due to the capacity of people, then there is a way to increase the capacity of people, which is the capacity of elected officials and the capacity of workers".

 On the other hand, Ismael Buchanan, a political analyst, says that there is a need to see if each district is properly represented.

He said “If you look at the work we do, if there is something that doesn't go well, it wouldn't be due to a small number but rather the capabilities of individuals. In such a case, there should be ways to enhance the capacities of people, both the elected members and the staff."

On the other hand, Ismael Buchanan, a political analyst, says that there is still a need to ensure that each region is adequately represented.

Regarding preparation for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections scheduled from July 14 to 16, 2024, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has started distributing forms for collecting signatures for those wishing to be included on the list of candidates.

Meanwhile, it is expected that the House of Deputies will soon be dissolved at the end of its term, by Article 79 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 2003 as amended to date, which states that the dissolution of the House of Deputies for electoral reasons is enacted by the President of the Republic at least 30 days and no more than 60 days before the end of the Deputies' term.

Author: Emilienne KAYITESI

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