28 février 2024
The Executive Organ in the Special Status

The Executive Organ in the Special Status

The Executive Organ in the Special Status

The North-West and South-West regions, like the other regions, have a deliberative organ and an executive organ.
Contrary to these regions where only the President of the Regional Council is the executive assisted by a Regional Bureau elected at the same time as him within the council, in the North-West and South-West Regions, the executive is collegial and is called the Regional Executive Council. It is composed of a President, a Vice-President, three Commissioners, two Secretaries and a Questor, that is 8 (eight) members.
Although collegial, the executive is headed by the President of the Regional Executive Council. The latter, an indigenous personality elected within the Regional Assembly, comes from the category of divisional representatives.
The Vice-President of the said council, who is from the category of representatives of traditional authority, is also an indigenous personality from the region in accordance with Article 57 (3) of the Constitution. He assists the President in the exercise of his functions and receives from him a delegation of signature for the execution of tasks entrusted to him.
The three (3) Commissioners, a specific feature peculiar to the above-mentioned regions, are comparable to members of a Government in an executive. They are responsible for implementing the policy of the Region relating to the exercise of devolved powers in the three major areas under their specific jurisdiction, namely:
1 (one) Commissioner in charge of economic development;
1 (one) Commissioner in charge of health and social development;
1 (one) Commissioner in charge of educational, sports and cultural development.
The Secretaries provide secretarial services in each of the houses of the Regional Assembly. Their duties are defined by the Standing Orders, in the same way as those of the Questor.
The members of the Regional Executive Council are elected under the same conditions as the executives of the other regions. They take an oath before the relevant Court of Appeal before assuming office and the oath is administered in English.
The membership of Regional Executive Council members of the Regional Assembly is inspired by the Anglo-Saxon model in which the executive is derived from the Parliament. As such, the President of the Regional Executive Council, who chairs the Regional Assembly, may be removed by impeachment, in the same way as all other members of the Regional Executive Council. The Regional Administration operates under the same conditions as those of the other regions.

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