By Our Reporter
The president of the Republic of Ghana John Dramani Mahama wants the elections of members to the Pan African Parliament should be done through universal adult suffrage.
President Mahama revealed this during the official opening of the Second Session of the Third Pan African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa.
Mr Mahama said that universal adult suffrage for the election of representatives to PAP would be a major step in its transformation.
“The African Union must hasten its evolution into a union of people, and not merely a union of governments. The Pan African Parliament can contribute to that process by organizing the election of its members through universal adult suffrage in our member countries” He proposed.
“It’s time for the Pan African Parliament to make its own transition from that of a deliberative body to that of a legislative one. It is also the time for the PAP to solidify the energy of solidarity and hope that is sweeping across the continent,” He added.
He further said that PAP must be able to enact laws that allow free movement of people, goods and services across the continent so as to establish and integrate free trade areas a system which must be established where no African is considered a foreigner in another African country.
PAP was inaugurated in 2004 and was intended to ensure the full participation of African people in the development and economic integration of the continent. It is currently an advisory and consultative organ of the AU, with no legislative powers.
The current members of Uganda representatives in PAP parliament are elected by members of their national parliament. These include’ Hon. Cecilia Atim Ogwal (Dokolo district), Hon. Sam Amooti Otada (Kibanda), Hon. Onyango Kakoba (Buikwe North), Hon. Beatrice Barumba (Kiruhura district) and Jacqueline Amongin (Ngora district).