September 16, 2016

Be representative and responsive as well

There is a general notion that parliament is a central institution tasked to reflect the will of the people, make and amend laws and hold the executive and judicial branches to account. This will require the legislature to do much soul-searching to identify the challenges of today so as to ensure the quality of democracy. This central institution has a primary mission, which is to promote democracy as a universal value in exercising its constitutional rights.
According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a strong parliament is a vital sign of a healthy democracy. To be so, the parliament must be truly representative of the whole population and responsive to their immediate needs. In addition, the law makers must take bold steps to reconcile the conflicting interests and aspirations of different ethnic communities, apart from adapting laws to meet the current social and political trends in transparent and effective ways.
All things considered, the people want a parliament that truly pays heed to their voices and earnestly serves their interests. Therefore, the parliament should be democratic, accessible, accountable, effective, representative and responsive. The legislative body should make it sure that the other two bodies, executive and judicial, are at least fully accountable to the people in their discharge of public interests.
It is, therefore, absolutely imperative for all the parliamentarians to keep reminding themselves of the perception that in democracy all power is invested in and derived from the hands of the people.


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