Public to vote for some Government board members – PL
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Labour Leader, Joseph Muscat held a press conference today in Mgarr, Gozo, in which he put forward a proposal for a pilot project that would see the public able to nominate and vote online for some members on Government boards or other Government entity.
A Labour Government will be “working to make Government more open and accessible to the general public, the Labour Leader said.
Dr Muscat said open governance proposals by a new Labour Government would include draft legislation published online, as well as a system online to enable the general public to participate in consultation on various issues. This would also include making extended use of social networking sites.
“We want an accountable, transparent Government and we’re not afraid of letting go of some power to open Government up beyond politicians,” Dr Muscat said.
He went on to add that “the recent stories which had been unveiled only served to increase the urgent need to widen the Government’s structures to assure accountability and transparency. The Labour Party, he emphasised, has already committed itself to implement measures to fight political corruption and introduce more checks and balances.”
Joseph Muscat said that he “regretted the fact that in the Nationalist Party’s electoral manifest, the Whistleblower Act is nowhere to be found. In addition, neither are the laws on Party Financing, or the removal of prescription laws, even though the Prime Minister had said he agreed with the Labour Party on these proposals.”
On the other hand, the Labour leader reaffirmed that a new Government will be making these crucial changes in legislation for the benefit of all.
The Labour Leader is also visiting Gozitano in Xewkija and will be holding a public meeting at Pjazza Santa Margerita, Sannat starting at 4.45 pm.