Members Orientation in Cote d’Ivoire
One of the challenges facing any newly elected legislature is assuring that new members can quickly acquire the skills and institutional knowledge necessary to effectively carry out their duties. In the case of Cote d’Ivoire, the December 18, 2016 elections resulted in a 42% turnover in membership. Complicating this challenge is the recent adoption of a new constitution in which the legislature will become bicameral through the formation of a new Senate. To assist both new and current Deputies to confront these twin challenges, the Legislative Strengthening Program for Cote d’Ivoire (LSP) in partnership with the National Assembly of Cote d’Ivoire (ANCI) and with the participation of UNWomen and NDI, organized and supported a 5 day members orientation program in Yamasoukre from February 6-10, 2017. All of the members of the ANCI along with key staff, almost 300 people, participated in the trainings which were being led by international and regional consultants, ANCI staff members and LSP staff. The program included a brief introduction to the history and mission of the ANCI followed by detailed discussion about the constitutional roles of the Deputies, how Deputies can carry out those responsibilities and the organization and operation of the ANCI and its various operating organs (such as commission, parliamentary groups, and the secretariat) that support the Deputies.
Posted March 6, 2017