By Our Reporter
Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama has recommended that election of members to the Pan African Parliament should be done through universal adult suffrage.
The president was delivering a special address to open the 2nd Ordinary Session of the 3rd Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) on Monday.
His invitation followed a tradition of the PAP to invite prominent African leaders like former South African Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, and former Mozambican leader, Joaquim Chissano to open the House.
“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 said.
The current members of PAP are elected by and are members of their national parliaments. Uganda’s representatives are 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).