Citizens’ groups want Constitution amended to boost local democracyFriday, 04 January 2019 16:11
They referred specifically to Article 162, which, given the direct nature of elections, obliges parties to designate beforehand and by name the candidates to be included on the lists submitted for the vote.
According to the Collective, “this article has to be updated to guarantee that, at the next local elections (in 2024 – Editor’s note) citizens’ representatives not on the nominative electoral lists can fully and entirely exercise the responsibilities that would be entrusted to them.”
The signatories do not explain how Art. 162 should be rewritten because they have not necessarily agreed on the modus operandi for that. Some organisations advocate drawing lots to designate some of the members of the communal councils. Others want delegative democracy, in which power is delegated to persons based on their skills. Still others prefer a citizens’-initiative referendum.
The parties have been invited to state, by the end of January, whether they plan to include 162 in the list of articles submitted for revision. The vote on this list is to be organised by mid-April at the latest.
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