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by AGORA moderator
31 July 2017

THE Hare-Clark electoral system, used for Tasmanian Lower House elections, is peculiar to this state and remains relatively unknown in most places of the world. It has been in use continuously since 1907.

It is interesting to learn the history of the men behind the scenes who forced its adoption, primarily Thomas Hare, an English barrister, and Tasmanian-born Andrew...

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by AGORA moderator
27 July 2017

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has been given sole power to appoint the country’s top three judges by parliament.

This changes were made on Tuesday by the ruling ZANU-PF party which used its two-thirds majority in parliament to ram through a bill to change the law.

The amendment is the first change to the 2013 constitution. If passed into law, it will change the new charter which...

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by AGORA moderator
26 July 2017

The European Union and UNDP promote South-South cooperation among the six Portuguese speaking countries from the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group, responding to the acronym of PALOP-TL (Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa e Timor-Leste).

 
The PALOP-TL group is composed of five African countries using Portuguese as official language (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé e Principe) and East Timor, in the South-Western Pacific. The...
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by AGORA moderator
25 July 2017

On July 21, the Turkish Parliament’s constitutional committee passed a bill that criminalized mentioning the Armenian Genocide in Parliament.

The bill that was submitted for debate by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) requires a number of changes in the internal rules of procedure of the legislative body.

In addition to banning the mentioning of the Armenian Genocide, lawmakers are also banned from using the terms “Kurdistan...

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by AGORA moderator
24 July 2017

La 70e session du Comité exécutif de l’Union parlementaire africaine (UPA) s’est clôturée, vendredi à Rabat, au terme de deux jours de travaux menés en présence des présidents et des délégués des parlements de plusieurs pays africains.

Cette session, dont la clôture s’est déroulée en présence du président de la Chambre des représentants, a été notamment marquée par l’adoption du projet de l’ordre du jour du 40è congrès et de l’...

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by AGORA moderator
24 July 2017

In chapter two of my 2015 book, The Thoughts of an Ordinary Citizen, titled, “The Idiot’s Guide to South African Parliament: a Fear Factor at Play”, I write: “As long as (national speaker Baleka) Mbete and (President Jacob) Zuma are at the helm of their respective incumbencies, the NA would never hold the executive to account.”

A fear factor stems from the fact that MPs cannot exercise their conscience because South Africa uses a party system.

“In a democratic system,” I argue...

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by AGORA member
27 July 2017
Civil society organisations (CSOs) have an important role to play on public expenditure oversight. As a non-governmental source, CSOs provide an independent analysis of public expenditure which can support the transparency of the overall monitoring process. In addition, involving and training CSOs in budget oversight can benefit marginalized groups of society. 
 
Within this context, the Forum for Budget Oversight in Mozambique (FMO) and the Centre for Public...
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by AGORA moderator
18 July 2017

Open Government Partnership (OGP) is calling for papers that will help the organization in convincing high-level political leaders to support open government reform. The theoretical and empirical papers will be rewarded up to 10,000$ upon the demonstration of the impact of transparency,...

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by AGORA moderator
17 July 2017

An Indigenous representative voice should be enshrined in the constitution, the prime minister’s Referendum Council has recommended, largely accepting the calls of the Uluru “statement from the heart”.

The final report, delivered to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten on Monday afternoon, recommends a referendum asking that “a representative body that gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations a voice to the Commonwealth parliament” be included in the constitution.

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by AGORA moderator
13 July 2017

Poland's conservative ruling party has pushed a bill through the lower house of parliament that would give lawmakers a dominant role in appointing judges, a move that opposition parties and rights groups said would make jurists subject to political influence.

The proposed law would change the makeup of the National Judiciary Council.

At present, the council's members are appointed by sitting judges, and it is considered nonpartisan. The pending bill would give the legislature...

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