Malawi Parliament introduces electronic Hansard

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The corridors of the Malawi Parliament, once occupied with huge bundles of chamber documents, are now paperless, Speaker of Cathrene Gotani Hara has announced.

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Gotani Hara said the National Assembly has stopped publishing hard copies of chamber documents which include Hansards, which details the daily planned business of the House.

She said parliament will now be producing the Hansard in electronic form following an agreement reached at a recent business committee meeting, a meeting of party leadership in the 193-strong House.

“This will improve efficiency and cost effectiveness in the circulation of chamber documents, especially the Hansard,” she said on Monday in the House just before Finance Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha presented the K1.7 trillion national budget.

She said hard copies of the Hansard will only be produced on request by lawmakers.

The Speaker said Parliament has already procured laptops for each of the MPs.

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