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Ghana’s Alhaji Muntaka Declines PAP’S Vice-Presidential Nomination

A member of Ghana’s delegation to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak has declined his nomination by the West African Caucus as its candidate to contest for one of the four vacant slots in the Pan-African Parliament.

He declined the nomination following disagreements with the delegation of Mali which were also insistent on presenting a candidate for the Presidency of PAP despite the regime challenges in that country.

The Five Regional Caucuses of the PAP are mandated to nominate candidates who will fill the vacant positions of the president and the four vice presidents. For the vice-presidential slots, each regional caucus will have to nominate two candidates. One of whom should be a female to stand for the elections.

However, according to the continental legislative body’s rules of procedure, a region can either nominate candidate for the post of president or vice president but not for both. The two West African countries, Ghana and Mali were in a deadlock for quite a while at the ongoing Session of the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand.

Even before the opening of the PAP Session on Monday, May 24, 2021, there had been concerns about the admissibility of Mali’s delegation to PAP following the obvious regime difficulties in that country which has been further aggravated by a total recall of the Malian delegation to the PAP. Information from unofficial sources say that the delegation has been given three days to return to Mali.

News reports from Mali on African Union Day, Tuesday, May 25, 2021 had it that the Vice President in that country has ousted the President and Prime Minister along with the Ministers, which makes it impossible for Mali’s delegation to remain at PAP Session let alone get a nomination since the current ongoing situation in the country goes against the AU Constitutive Act on democracy and rule of law.

Following the deadlock between the Ghanaian and the Malian delegations, the Nigerian Senator, Ibn Na’Allah has therefore emerged the Vice Presidential candidate for the West African Region for the election which is scheduled for Thursday, May 27, 2021 as one of the major highlights of the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Fifth Parliament currently ongoing in Midrand, South Africa.

The election of a new Bureau before the expiration of this month of May has become necessary because the mandate of the current Bureau headed by the Acting President of PAP, Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira expires with the month. The new Bureau, when it is successfully put in place, will outline its vision for the next phase of the PAP through the President.

As at the close of day on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, information we were privy to from reliable sources at PAP indicated that the five caucuses including West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Northern Africa and Central African regions had successfully nominated candidates to contest for the vacant slots.

Though the Clerk to the Pan-African Parliament, Harawa is yet to put out the official list of nominees by the various caucuses, we are aware that the Southern Caucus has endorsed the Acting President, Hon. Chief Charumbura; the Western Caucus has also nominated Senator Na’Allah for Vice President; while the Eastern Caucus has nominated Hon. Albino Boug for President. We are yet to confirm the nominations of the Northern and the Central Regions.

Source: Clement Akoloh||

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