NA to See Constitutional Amendments Today

THE long-awaited Constitutional Amendments Bill, as well as the Electoral Amendment Bill, will be tabled in the National Assembly today.

Prime Minister Hage Geingob announced this in parliament yesterday.

The Constitutional Amendments Bill would see the expansion of the NA from 72 to 100 seats and give more power to the President and the executive branch of the State, while limiting the powers of parliament and those of the Prime Minister.

The Bill will also push for the appointment of a vice president and for the position of the Prime Minister to be an optional one. Political parties would need to have more than 5% votes in order to qualify for seats in parliament, a move that will diminish the overall presence of opposition parties.

The National Council will also be stripped of its right to make necessary changes to the budget, while the Security Commission would be limited to aise rather than recommend to the President who to appoint as chief of police, chief of defence and chief of prisons.

The Presidency will be given the power to appoint a head of national intelligence services.

The amendments in question have been seen as a way to centralise all powers in the Presidency.

Similarly, the Electoral Amendment Bill would also ensure the possibility of the erection of an Electoral Tribunal and an Electoral Court.

It will see electoral matters be pushed to the Electoral Court before being forwarded to the Supreme Court. It will also allow for the possibility of elections to be held in a day as well reduce the strict requirements of having to have a municipal bill and other documents to prove that you have lived in a certain constituency during the registration periods.

Source : The Namibian