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“Much more than periodic voting” – UN Independent Expert calls for more direct democracy worldwide

Link: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20482&LangID=E 

International Day of Democracy – Thursday 15 September 2016

GENEVA (14 September 2016) – On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, calls on Parliaments and Governments to be responsive to people and not to lobbyists.

“Democracy must be lived and practiced every day.  It entails much more than periodic voting, which in many cases is only pro forma, in the absence of public influence on the choice of candidates and scarce possibility of policy change.  Democracy means a genuine correlation between the will of the people and legislation and policies that affect them, be it domestic or international.

More and more, ‘representative democracy’ has disappointed voters, because parliamentarians, once elected, rarely consult…

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4 thoughts on ““Much more than periodic voting” – UN Independent Expert calls for more direct democracy worldwide

  1. From the article

    More and more, ‘representative democracy’ has disappointed voters, because parliamentarians, once elected, rarely consult with their constituencies and sometimes take decisions that are clearly contrary to the expressed wishes of the electorate. The frequent disconnect between Parliaments and the people has led to a feeling of disenfranchisement in many countries, resulting in apathy, absenteeism and distrust. Dissatisfaction with the performance of Parliaments has opened the door to exploitation of social problems by populist politicians.

    is what happens in my neck of woods. Every few days a politician does something and claims my people have said. There was/ is no consultation ever. Crazy people

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