Presenting a motion to congratulate the Speaker of the National Assembly, Job Ndugai for enabling the legislature to go digital, Mary Chatanda (Korogwe Urban, CCM) said the move enhances environment protection by reducing tree cutting.
She said the e-Parliament system will enhance preservation of reports and make them last longer.
“The shift from analog to digital simplifies parliamentary activities as well as make it resemble other legislative chambers around the world and other Commonwealth parliamentary systems which have been using the system for years,” she said.
Through e-Parliament, the House will reduce operational costs since funds used to prepare order papers and other documents for legislators will be directed to other activities. She said efforts to ensure the National Assembly shifts from analog to digital started in 2015.
“Trials on the use of e-government were initiated during the 16th Parliament where order papers were sent to legislators through mobile phones. Now, with the tables MPs will work at their convenience as all the documents will be shared through softy copy,” she elaborated.
Contributing, Ilala MP Mussa Zungu (CCM) reiterated the view that the decision by the National Assembly to shift from analog to digital will save trees and enhance environment conservation.
Zungu said the World Bank Country Environmental Analysis ranks Tanzania the fifth globally in the destruction of forests. He said in Tanzania at least 15,000 square kilometers of forest are cleared annually.
“Since not all MPs get the chance to ask question in the debating chamber, the e-Parliament system will enable legislators to send questions online and get responses,” he said.
George Lubeleje (Mpwapwa—CCM) similarly noted that e-Parliament will save trees which are cut on a daily basis for production of papers. It will also enhance protection of parliamentary documents, he added.