Pan African Parliament (PAP) secretariat has slated Thursday, May 27, 2021, for the elections of the next president as well as four vice presidents to steer the affairs of the organisation.
The elections will take place in Midrand, South Africa.
This was disclosed by the Clerk of the continental parliament, Mr. Vipya Harawa during a virtual press conference held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
Speaking on the modalities for the election, the Clerk of PAP, explained that “an Ad Hoc Committee of five (5) members constituted by an elected representative from each Regional Caucus shall organize and preside over the election of the president”.
He further stated that once the president is elected, he or she will be sworn in immediately to enable him/her to preside over the election of the four (4) vice presidents”.
Mr. Harawa hinted that both elections shall be by secret balloting. The winner would determine by a simple majority of the votes cast.
He explained that in a situation where no candidate obtains the required majority or in the event of a tie, a run-off balloting shall be conducted between the two candidates who obtained the highest or equal number of votes at the previous balloting.
“Where all the candidates elected as vice presidents are of the same gender, the candidate of the opposite gender with the highest number of votes shall replace the winner from that region”.
Mr. Harawa further disclosed that it is the Regional Caucuses that nominate a candidate from the region for election as president. For vice president, each region shall nominate a male and a female.
On the issue of rotation, the Clerk of PAP maintained that the rotation of the presidency is an AU law which PAP has in essence, domesticated in its rules of procedure.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH