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New App to Enable Public Access to Parliament Business

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has revealed that the public will soon be able to follow the House business electronically on a mobile application now under construction.

The Speaker according to a brief statement posted on her social media account, disclosed the development on Friday in Ottawa, Canada where the 25th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers from Commonwealth countries (CSPOC) is taking place.

“The ICT department of Uganda’s Parliament is developing an App, which will enable citizens follow daily proceedings of the august House,” said Kadaga.

Kadaga noted that the electronic application will make voters know what their elected legislators are contributing in the national assembly.

“Voters will be privy to what MPs discuss in Plenary and Committee proceedings; in addition to other activities,” noted Kadaga.

The new app is also expected to grant rare opportunity to the public to make input in debates before the Bills progress into Acts of Parliament.

Meanwhile the Parliament of Uganda was reportedly hailed during the multi-national Conference for its strides in being transparent; enabling citizens to be in tandem with debates that make it on the Order Paper.

Parliament proceeding is covered live by several radios and Television stations across the country and beyond for the past over 10 years.

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The Speaker also told the Conference that in addition to this, we run an annual ‘Parliament Week’, during which citizens are kept abreast of what goes on in their National Legislature.

The Conference heard that several member countries are yet to reach the transparent level of Uganda Parliament.

 

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