EALA members congratulate Dr Ackson

ARUSHA: Lawmakers at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) have adopted a motion to congratulate Dr Tulia Ackson following her election as the President of the Inter Parliament Union(IPU).

Dr Shogo Sedoyeka described the election of the Speaker of the Tanzanian National Assembly as a true representation of not only for East Africa but for the African continent as a whole.

“This is a strong statement that demonstrates the prowess of female politicians when given a chance,” explained the lawmaker during EALA’s 1st Meeting of the 2nd session, which is ongoing in Arusha.

Echoing similar sentiments, James Ole Milya, Mashaka Ngole and David Ole Sankok commended the solidarity shown by EAC Partner States during campaigns and eventual election of Dr Ackson, recently.

“It was so encouraging to see how we put our differences and interests behind to vouch for an East African,” said Mr Sankok.

The lawmaker exuded confidence that the Speaker of the Tanzanian National Assembly will root for EAC interests during her tenure.

Dr Ackson is the first African woman to hold the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Presidency.

The IPU elected the Mbeya urban MP as the 31st President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) by the IPU’s Governing Council, its main decision-making body made up of parliamentarians from around the world.
Dr Ackson takes over from Mr Duarte Pacheco, a parliamentarian from Portugal, who concluded his three-year mandate at the end of the 147th IPU Assembly in Luanda, Angola.

The Speaker of the National Assembly now becomes the only the third woman to assume to IPU’s Presidency after Najma Heptulla from India (1999–2002) and Gabriela Cuevas from Mexico (2017–2020).

Dr Ackson beat three other candidates on the ballot – Adji Diarra Mergane Kanouté of Senegal, Catherine Gotani Hara of Malawi and Marwa Abdibashir Hagi of Somalia, all women MPs from Africa.

The parliamentarians voted in a secret ballot. With four candidates on the ballot, the new IPU President was elected with 57 per cent of the vote after a single round of voting.

Hundreds of parliamentarians from 130 IPU Member Parliaments voted in the election.

To encourage gender equality, each IPU Member Parliament was entitled to three votes on condition that they have a gender-balanced delegation. Single-sex delegations were entitled to just one vote.

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