August 12, 2020

A member of the fifth Community Parliament Mahama Ayariga who was part of Speaker’s delegation that had a working visit to the chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments, H. E., Mahamadou Issoufou said the visit was to initiate discussion of direct elections of lawmakers at the level of Heads of States.

And further noted that the visit is as a result of the chairman’s call to ensure direct elections during the inauguration of the fifth parliament in Niger, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic they were unable to get back to him on the matter.

According to him Heads of States have to approve direct election policy, and there were a lot of issues involve in the whole process.

Mr. Ayariga noted that the first issue was, if all the fifteen member countries were ready to proceed with the direct election and was something they need to confirm. Secondly, how it should be implemented.

Again another issue is the determination of the constituencies in each member country on how the election should be conducted and financed.

He said an important issue of note is “when the Community lawmakers are full time