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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

PAP Election: Regional Caucuses to nominate candidates on Tuesday

The five Regional Caucuses of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) will meet on Tuesday to nominate candidates who will stand for election to fill the vacant positions of president and four vice presidents.

According to the continental parliament’s rules of procedure, for the position of vice president, each regional caucus will nominate two candidates (a male and a female) who will stand for election on May 27.

This was disclosed on Monday by the Acting President of PAP, Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira while adjourning the opening session of the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Fifth Parliament.

Chief Charumbira further disclosed that under the rules, a region can either nominate candidate for either the post of president or vice but not both.

The implication of this is that the Western and Eastern regional caucuses where parliamentarians has indicated interest to contest for both the presidential and vice presidential positions will now have to make a very difficult choice.

The three candidates that have indicated interest to contest the presidential position are from the Southern, Western and Eastern Regional Caucuses.

While the Southern Regional Caucus has indicated interest in the presidential position only, and has endorsed the Acting President Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira,  the same cannot be said of the Western and Eastern Caucuses where parliamentarians have also indicated interest to contest the vice presidential position.

The regional caucuses are also expected to elect their various chairpersons, vice chairpersons and rapporteurs. The caucuses will also nominate members for the eleven (11) permanent committees who will then elect the leadership of the various committees.  

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