Parliament of Tanzania

Glossary

Act

is a Bill approved by the House and formally agreed to by the President Assent. Once implemented, an Act is law and applies to country. Act of Parliament creates a new law or changes an existing law.

Amendments

When Members of the Parliament are debating or examining Bills they often want to change some of the details. They can therefore propose changes or amendments, and debate and vote on them in the House.

Bill

is a proposal for a new law, or a proposal to change an existing law that is presented for debate before Parliament. Bills are introduced in the House for examination, discussion and amendment. When agreed on the content of a Bill it is then presented to the public for discussion reigning President for approval (known as President Assent). Once President Assent is given a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament and is law.

By-Election

A by-election occurs when a seat in the National Assembly becomes vacant during the lifetime of a Parliament (i.e. between general elections).

Code of Conduct

helps MPs understand their responsibilities to Parliament and the public. In addition to guidance, the Code also requires all Members to declare outside interest, like paid work or gifts

Constituent

Is the name given to every person who lives within or is eligible to vote in a constituency. The Tanzania is divided into 232 different regions – called constituencies – where the public elect candidates to be their MP.

General election

In a general election the adult population of the TANZANIA chooses a candidate to represent each constituency in the House. Every MP has to stand for re-election. They are usually held every five years.

Government

is the institution that runs the country. It is also known as the Executive. The Government formulates policy and introduces legislation in Parliament.

Government policy

This is a plan of action that the government proposes to take, eg, to ban smoking in all public places.

Hansard

The official record of everything that is said in the House of Parliament, published on a daily basis.

Hon. Job Y. Ndugai

Speaker of the National Assembly

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Dr. Thomas D. Kashililah

Clerk of the National Assembly

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Hon. Lucy Thomas Mayenga

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Hon. Khadija Hassan Aboud

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Hon. Sophia Mattayo Simba

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Hon. Charles Muhangwa Kitwanga

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Hon. Eng. Edwin Amandus Ngonyani

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