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- First National Assembly: 1990 - 1995
- Second National Assembly: 1995 - 2000
- Second National Council: 1998 - 2004
- Third National Assembly: 2000 - 2005
- Third National Council: 2004 - 2010
- Fourth National Assembly: 2005 - 2010
- Consitituent Assembly: 1 November 1989 - 20 March 1990
- First National Council: 1993 - 1998
- Fifth National Assembly: 2010 - 2015
Membership and Friendship
The Parliament of the Republic of Namibia is a member to a number of regional and international parliamentary fora, associations and organizations.
Pan-African Parliament (PAP)
The PAP was established in March 2004, by the Article 17 of The Constitutive Act of the African Union. PAP is one the nine organs provided for in the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community signed in Abuja, Nigeria in 1991.
The establishment of PAP is informed by a vision to provide a common platform for African people and their grass-root organisations to be more involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent. PAP Parliamentarians represents all the people of Africa. The ultimate aim of PAP is to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, with members elected by universal adult suffrage.
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
The IPU was established in 1889. The Parliament of the Republic of Namibia joined the IPU at independence in 1990. The Union is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among people for the establishment of firm representative democracy.The IPU supports and shares the efforts and objectives of the United Nations and works in close co-operation with the organisation. The IPU also co-operates with regional inter-parliamentary organisations, international intergovernmental and no-govermental organisations.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
The CPA consists of national, provincial, state and territorial parliaments and legislatures of the Commonwealth-member countries. Members of the CPA, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, shares the Association's mission to promote knowledge and understanding of parliamentary democracy and respect for the rule of law, individual rights and freedoms.
ACP- EU (African, Caribbean, Pacific-European Union) Joint Pariamentary Assembly
The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly was set up under the Yaounde Convention, an association agreement. The agreement is now called the Cotonou Agreement. It links the European Union to 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific states.It was set up to improve standards of living and economic development in the ACP countries and to establish close cooperation between these countries and the European Union. The representatives of the 78 ACP countries meet their 78 counterparts among the MEPs in a week-long plenary session twice a year.
Southern Africa Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF)
SADC-PF was established in accordance with the SADC Treaty as an autonomous institution of SADC. It is a regional inter-parliamentary body composed of parliaments of the SADC region. Members of SADC_PF are Angola, Botswana, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Seychells, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbambwe.The objectives of the SADC-PF are: promotion of multiparty democracy,good governance,gender equality, political stability,respect for the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms in the region.
- Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)
- Pan-African Parliament (PAP)
- Fourth National Council: 2010 - 2015
Directorates: National Assembly
Directorates of the National Assembly's are the administrative arm of the Secretariat that oversees the day-to-day administration, directs the technical services, advises the Speaker, Chamber, Committees and MPs.
Office of the Speaker
The Office of the Speaker provides executive support services to the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
Office of the Secretary
The Office of the Secretary to the National Assembly is created by Article 52 of the Namibian Constitution. The Secretary is the administrative head and accounting officer of the National Assembly. The Secretary is assisted by staff in the Public Service.
The Directorate Table Office is responsible for the operational assistance required in respect of all activities in the Chamber.
In addition the Office has the following functions:
- The preparation and proof reading of Bills to be tabled
- The production of Order Papers and Minutes
- The receipt and distribution of all documents in the Chamber
- The preparation of amendments and notices for Members
- The editing of questions
- Giving procedural and related-support to Presiding Officers in the Chamber
- The control and management of security inside the Chamber
The Directorate Committee Services is there to assist Chairpersons and Members of Parliamentary Standing and Select Committees, in respect administrative and procedural aspects. Enquiries concerning a particular Committee may be directed to the Clerk of the relevant Committee and any enquiries concerning Committees in general should be directed to the Director: Committee Services The Directorate Committee Services provides Committee Members with various support services, including the following:
- Briefing materials to enable Members to discuss a broad range of policy and other issues
- Linking Members with civic organizations, stakeholders and other public forums
- Assisting Members in the processing of requests and inputs from the public
Contact Details Directorate - Committee Services Tel: + 264 61 288 2105 Fax: + 264 61 224327
The Directorate Legal Services provides legal advice to the Offices of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Secretary of the National Assembly as well as to the Members of Parliament. The advice is on both procedural and substantive issues of law.
The Directorate's functions include:
- Legal research
- Legal drafting
- Giving legal advice to Parliamentary Standing Committees
- Summarizing Bills for Members of Parliament
- Drafting legal opinions on constitutional and other questions pertaining to law-making.
- Provision of legal advice to individual Members in the performance of their duties.
Research, Information, Publications and Editorial Services
The Directorate to provides research, information and publicity services to the National Assembly. It offers the following main services:
Research: The subdivision provides official and non-partisan research services to Members of the National Assembly in relation to their Parliamentary duties.
Public and media liaison: Act as a linkage between Parliament, the public and the media. It is responsible for issuing media releases on information regarding Parliamentary activities and conduct outreach activities such as providing educational information to the public.
Publications: Produce a wide range of publications including information leaflets and the Quarterly Parliament Journal
Promotional items: Exhibits and sells an assortment of memorabilia such as shirts, mugs, key holders etc.
Photographic services: Provide photographic services to MPs for the purpose of identification badges, visas and passports. Services are also offered for important events such as conferences, public hearings and press conferences.
The Directorate General Services is the logistical arm of the National Assembly that provides various general and support services. This includes finance services, personnel services, organization and auxiliary services.
Library and Computer Services
The Library’s objective is to establish an information service that strengthens the legislative work of the Parliament.
(i) To closely work with Parliamentarians to meet their requirements.
(ii) To provide up to date and relevant information service
(iii) To organize and process information sources professionally.
(iv) Custodian in ensuring a good preservation of parliament records.
Monday-Friday: 08h30-13h00 and 14h00-17h00
Computer Services is responsible for the management and maintenance of the Parliament computer network. It also provides end-user support to MPs and the administrative staff of Parliament.
- Office of the Speaker
Directorates: National Council
Office of the Chairperson
The role of the Office of the Chairman is to:
- Strive to promote a positive image of the Chairperson’s Office and the National Council.
- Ensure swiftness and responsiveness of service delivery to our clients.
- Sustain integrity measures that promote transparency, accountability, effectiveness, efficiency, fairness and honesty at all times
Contact Details Office of the Chairperson to the National Council Tel: + 264 61 2028003/6 Fax: + 264 61 254287
Office of the Secretary
The Office of the Secretary to the National Council is responsible for the following:
- Effective management and provision of human, financial and infrastructural resources to the National Council.
- Ensures that, the implementation of the National Council Strategic Plan is in line with our core values, vision and mission.
- Provide guidance to all Directorates and account for all expenditures of the National Council.
- Oversees the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the annual budget.
- Serve as the liaison between O/M/As and Regional Councils.
- Serves as the Principal Advisor and secretariat to the Standing Committee on Rules and Orders, Committee on Privileges and Immunities and Steering Committee of Members of Parliament.
- Ensures the implementation of the institutional affirmative action plan.
Our standards applicable to specific work areas:
- Arranges all logistical and other matters pertaining to sittings
- Renders advice concerning procedural matters in the National Council
- Prepares minutes, order papers and Committee reports and other documents
- Records, transcribes, edits and procedures the National Council Verbatim Reports
- Render advice to the Chairpersons of Committees and Committee members
- Attends to protocol, safety and security aspects of the National Council
- Renders administrative assistance to national, international and inter-parliamentary committee
MissionTo provide high quality, reliable and efficient legal advice and support services, to the Council, the Chairperson, committees and administration, to enable the National Council to exercise and perform its constitutional powers and functions.Summary of Core – functions
- Legislative Drafting: to scrutinize all Bills passed by the National Assembly, draft amendments to Bills where necessary. Prepare Bill summaries.
- Legislative Legal Advice: to provide professional legal opinion to the Members, Standing Committees and administration.
- Chairperson Office legal Advice: to provide legal advice to the Office of the Chairperson.
The Directorate facilitate the recruitment and selection process, administer condition of service, coordinate training and development programmes, advice on the budget formulation and execution, compile quarterly financial reports, compile institution performance reports and procure goods and services for the institution as well as manage transport facilities and safe keeping of the records.
Division: Research and Information Services
Our Role is to:
- Research, publish and disseminate information about National Council activities.
- Coordinate information provision to ensure coherence and consistence of information flow within the institution.
- Facilitate tour guides on National Council premises.
- Office of the Chairperson
- Sixth National Assembly: 2015 - 2020