Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ACDP accepts Independent Panel Assessment of Parliament

By Yamkela Xhaso
14 January

The African Christian Democratic Party says it welcomes the Independent Panel Assessment of Parliament. ACDP chief whip Cheryllyn Dudley says that a strong independent parliament can only be a reality if there are strong MPs who have proper oversight.

“We fully support efforts by parliament to assess achievements and challenges impacting on accountability, responsiveness and openness”

ACDP says it commends parliament’s willingness to engage in criticism in order to strengthen its institution and democracy.

In terms of the report Dudley says electoral reform appears to be a suggestive solution and there are benefits for both constituency based and the proportional representation system.

“Just to say that the absurd decisions that have been taken over the past two years by the ruling party, the disbanding of the scorpions, the arms deal, Zimbabwe, HIV/Aids and many more highlight a serious public concern that party influence can be excessive distort democratic processes”


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