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Speaker hails new digital system, 07 September 2020

Some members of the National Assembly attended the first of a series of trainings aimed at equipping the lawmakers with knowledge of how to use the new digital system installed in the chamber

 

  Story by George Sanzila

Windhoek - Members of parliament were today (07/09/20) trained on how to use the new digital multi media conference system installed in the National Assembly chamber. The installation of the IT system is part of efforts by the National Assembly to move towards its long held goal of becoming a paperless institution.

Speaking at the opening of the training, Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi noted that the new development will make the work of parliament much convenient and efficient. “Our work will become much easier from now on. Voting will be more convenient as votes will be tallied automatically instead of counting manually. It will also help with the digital attendance”, stated an ecstatic Katjavivi.

Today’s exercise if part of a series of trainings on the new digital system in order to limit the number of attendees and to comply with the Covid 19 regulations.

 

The new digital technology system, replete with a touchscreen functionality, can give lawmakers access to a plethora of digital parliamentary documents such as the agenda (order paper), bills, the constitution and standing rules and orders among many others. As the presiding officer, the system further enables the Speaker to properly control debate in the house by deciding who should speak through a control unit. Members can also vote electronically and may request other miscellaneous services.

The National Assembly resumes its session today.

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