Digital Transformation of Parliamentary Proceedings: The Case of Zambia
About the National Assembly of Zambia. Written on September, 2021
In an era marked by unprecedented challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional systems and modes of operation face existential threats. Particularly, essential institutions like parliaments must adapt to continue fulfilling their constitutional mandates. In the case of Zambia, the pandemic posed a risk to the constitutional requirement for Parliament to convene thrice annually. This essay delves into the innovative digital solution Zambia adopted—a bespoke software application—to ensure the continuity of parliamentary proceedings. The system not only replicates the physical interactions that occur in the parliamentary chamber but also adds functionalities that enhance participation and administrative processes.