Illiterates will be elected as Members of Parliament if we don’t stop vote buying – ACEPA ED.

The Executive Director of the African Center for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), Dr Rasheed Draman, has bemoaned the rising incidences of vote buying by politicians during elections. Vote buying is a practice whereby contestants in an election use monetary or other forms of inducements to influence the electorate to vote in their favour. Dr Draman said it is […]



Bagbin’s proposal to lock Parliament long overdue – ACEPA

The Executive Director of the Africa Center for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), Dr. Rasheed Draman has applauded the Speaker of Parliament’s proposal for stricter measures to address the issue of late attendance to the House among MPs. Alban Bagbin on Friday, December 8, stated that starting next year, entry points to the Chamber will be locked at 10:00[…]



AfriPAHR’s Vision: Highlights from the Annual Banjul Meeting

Introduction: In Banjul, The Gambia, on October 4, 2023, AfriPAHR's Steering Group convened for their annual meeting. This meeting was pivotal for the African Parliamentarians Association for Human Rights (AfriPAHR) as they planned for a brighter future in human rights advocacy. Reflecting on Progress: The meeting's primary focus was to assess the network's performance and devise strategies[...]



The Role of Parliamentary Staff in Building Strong Regional Parliaments

The African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs organized a one-week capacity building workshop for thirteen staff of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) on Team Building and Organizational Effectiveness. The training took place on the 18 – 21 June, 2018 and was funded by the East African Legislative Assembly. The African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs organized a one-week[...]



Strengthening the Role of the Opposition in Parliament for Effective Governance and Oversight

Opposition or Minority parties are integral to Parliaments and contribute greatly to the outputs of the House as a whole.  Opposition parties do not only represent an alternative government but also, they are responsible for challenging the policies of the government and producing different policies where appropriate. The African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs held a one-week capacity[...]



“Finding the figures we need”: supporting data use for SDGs at the Parliament of Ghana

National Parliaments have a role in ensuring that the targets set forth in development agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achieved. In order to do this successfully, reliable data and information is required.  Parliamentary Research services and Committee Secretariats play a crucial role in the daily operations of legislatures. Research – and the data[...]



ACEPA commends Parliament for revising Standing Orders.

The Executive Director of the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), Dr Rasheed Draman, has commended the Leadership of Parliament for revising the Standing Orders of the House. This follows Parliament on Thursday, made some raft changes to its existing Standing Orders to fit modern trends. Changes were made, such as having the Appointments Committee of Parliament[…]