In a virtual session held today, members of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) convened to discuss the election modalities for filling vacant positions in the Bureau, including the President, 1st Vice President, and 4th Vice President.
Emphasizing a commitment to the principle of rotation in leadership elections, the meeting explored various proposed procedures aligned with the PAP Protocol and other legal instruments. The aim was to establish clear parameters that will guide the upcoming by-elections.
During his opening remarks, Hon. Dr. Ashebir W. Gayo, Acting President of the PAP, reiterated the leadership's dedication to returning to normalcy through by-elections that consider the interests of the Parliament, the African Union, and the citizens of the continent. He underscored the legitimate expectations on the PAP, particularly in the current context, and the need for relevant and impactful leadership.
Members of the African Union's legislative arm who participated in the meeting overwhelmingly expressed their support for the ongoing process. They urged the prompt convening of a session to rectify imbalances in the leadership structures, ensuring the full resumption of parliamentary business.
This virtual meeting reaffirmed the PAP's resolve to continue playing a crucial role in continental development as the Union prepares for the upcoming 44th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State, scheduled to take place from 14-18 February 2024.