For over 25 years the CPA have conducted Post-Election Seminars for Parliaments at a national or sub-national level. This long-standing programme introduces newly elected Parliamentarians to differing legislative systems and methods of working. The CPA Post-Election Seminars usually take place a few months after a general election, in either a physical on virtual format, and are delivered by senior, highly experienced current and former Parliamentarians and parliamentary officials from throughout the Commonwealth.
The objectives are two-fold:
- To disseminate information on diverse good practices in Commonwealth Parliaments as a way of providing options to Parliamentarians.
- Promote an understanding of the way parliamentary procedures and practices can embed good governance into a system.
Topics covered by the programme might centre on dealing with the media, working in the constituency, as well as how to perform better in committees. Participants across all programmes highlight a significant increase in understanding of parliamentary practice and procedure.
Recent CPA Post-Election Seminars include: Tonga, Kenya, St Helena, Zambia, Guyana, Belize, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda and Anguilla. The CPA also provided support to the Parliament of Jamaica in their new-Members induction programme.