Senate Institutional Consolidation Seminar continues

On Friday 9th August the Senators continued to increase their knowledge. being trained in new parliamentary techniques and legislative procedures for control and for legislative technical information, in order to acquire full training in matters regarding their parliamentary activities.

The seminar was moderated by the President of the Upper Chamber of parliament, Teresa Efua Asangono, who, in her desire to place the legislative chamber she leads at the level currently required, made possible the fifth edition of this seminar in order to provide new knowledge and allow the senators to exchange experiences.

For the facilitator, the new parliamentary techniques in legislative procedures for control and for legislative technical information are essential for the operation of democratic institutions, and allow the representatives to create a civic forum to debate, negotiate, review agreements and draw up the laws that regulate and guide society, while consolidating a democratic model and institutional balance in order to steer the country within a framework of democratic practices and values.

With respect to the evolutionary lines in legislative function, Javier Sanchez Sanchez pointed out that they are an essential instrument in the actions of parliamentarians, as they must not only serve to facilitate the opinions of political forces, but also to reflect and meditate on the proposed measures.

Reflection is first required, as any political action requires a degree of balance, restricting party preferences in order to obtain a decision that guarantees democratic sustainable governability of society.

Furthermore, Javier Sanchez Sanchez explained that the Senate is an important institution that has the final say, as its aim is to improve technically and with respect to policy the files issued by the Chamber of Deputies in any aspect considered to be necessary, with supervision being a determining factor within the institution which contributes to coherence and legitimacy.

The parliamentarian must have the capabilities of a permanent auditor for the latest information on matters of social relevance, and efficiency with respect to procedure. Specifically, the lawyer Sanchez Sanchez recommends rigour and competence in the role of auditing; with respect to agility, he said that it is an essential exercise because it must be ensured that laws are approved within a prudential time period in a way that responds to social needs in a coherent way, and which allow the programme to be developed within a reasonable period.

The facilitators also spoke to the Senators at the seminar about the scenario of facing organisational difficulties and limitations, and the exogenous difficulties in the systems for parliamentary elections, the relation to the new citizen and links to political parties, among other aspects.

In order to implement parliamentary procedures it would be necessary to create commissions for study, call people to appear on occasions, and create research commissions, which are considered as basic instruments in the control and auditing procedure.

After explanations from the lawyer Javier Sanchez Sanchez, they continued with doubts arising from this and the previous day, in which the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, led by focussing on bicameralism, having observed specific aspects that could be dysfunctional in the territorial representation of each Senator, and the faculty of a Head of State to extend legislature.

During this time the Senators asked for extensive explanations on the functions of the Ombudsman and the relation with the Senate. These doubts were clarified satisfactorily by the facilitators.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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