Botswana Parliament is charged with the responsibility of legislation and oversight. It consists of 63 Members of Parliament, being the State President, 57 Elected Members, four Specially Elected Members, and the Speaker of the National Assembly .
The current Speaker of the National Assembly is Honourable Dr. Margaret N. Nasha. The Speaker is the Head of the Legislature in the same way as the President is the Head of the Executive or the Chief Justice is the Head of the Judiciary. She safeguard and maintain the indepedence and authority of the National Assembly. The Speaker is responsible for the administration of Parliament.
The primary responsibility of the Speaker is to preside over and regulate debates in the House. As a presiding officer, the Speaker chairs the meetings of the House and ensures that the meetings are conduced according to the provisions of the standing orders.
Commencement of the General Meeting
The 3rd Meeting of the 5th Session of the 10th Parliament commenced on Wednesday 2 July 2014 at 1400hrs. It is estimated that this meeting will end on or around the 8th August 2014.
Parliament of Botswana's Portfolio Committee on Communications, Works, Transport and Technology is currently holding its Public Hearings on implementation of Information Communications and Technology (ICT) policies, e-Government Strategy roll out, infrastucture development, accessibility and uptake of ICTs which started on the 9th July and are scheduled to end on the 11th July 2014.
The Objectives of the Public Hearings are:
- To strengthen the role of Parliamentarians on ICT matters in order to improve legislative oversight
- To contribute to strenthened implementation of ICT policies and programmes through transparent and cohesive decision making processes at the national level
- to strenghten stakeholder engagement between Civil Society and Parliamentary Committees, and
- To bridge the gap between in country experts and national decision makers.
The Committee invite General Members of the Public to attend these hearing at Parliament Annex II, Auditorium at 0900hrs.