Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Protocol To The Constitutive Act of The African Union Relating To The Pan-African Parliament

The Pan African Parliament was established as an organ the African Union (AU) in order to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent. The first Parliament was inaugurated on 18 March 2004 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and its headquarters is in Midrand, South Africa.    
The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is one of the nine organs proposed in the 1991 Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (Abuja Treaty). Its purpose, as set out in article 17 of the AU Constitutive Act, is “to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent”. 
The Parliament is intended as a platform for people from all African states to be involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent.   While the long-term aim is for the Parliament to exercise full legislative powers, its current mandate is to exercise advisory and consultative powers. 
The Parliament has up to 250 members representing the 50 AU Member States that have ratified the Protocol establishing it (five members per Member State).1 Under rule 7 of the PAP Rules of Procedure, a parliamentarian’s tenure of office begins on the date he or she is elected or designated as a Member of Parliament.  The ultimate aim of the Pan African Parliament shall be to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, whose members are elected by universal adult suffrage. The new protocol granting these powers has been adopted by the AU and is currently under ratification by member states (SEE BELOW).


 ARTICLE 3M INVITES AND ENCOURAGES THE FULL PARTICIPATION OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
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PROTOCOL TO THE CONSTITUTIVE ACT OF THE AFRICAN UNION RELATING TO THE PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT (PAP)

This Protocol was adopted in June 2014 at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The Protocol aims to begin the incremental realization of the legislative power of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), but within the confines of the Assembly’s authorization on the areas that the PAP may legislate or propose model laws. 

Through the exercise of its powers, the PAP aims to facilitate the effective implementation of the policies and objectives of the AU, promote the principles of human and peoples’ rights and democracy in Africa, and encourage good governance, respect for the rule of law, transparency and accountability in Member States, among others. According to Article 23, the Protocol shall enter into force thirty (30) days after the deposit of the instruments of ratification with the Chairperson of the Commission by a simple majority of the Member States.

No Member State has signed the Protocol.

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