HOW DO CITIZENS INFLUENCE THE LAW MAKING PROCESS IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY?

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The members of parliament in a democratic society are elected representatives. They should not make laws in isolation from the public. The bills go through stages and one of the stages of a bill is the committee stage. During the committee stage, the National Assembly members in the committee are required to consult widely before presenting a report to the National Assembly on the merits of the provisions of the bill.

There seems to be an outcry on two bills dealing with the judiciary and the National Assembly. The way to deal with such outcry is to hold public hearing on such bill. During such hearings, those who oppose provisions of the bill will have their say and others who support the provisions would also explain their case. Such debates should influence the report of the committees and facilitate amendment, rejection or approval of the bill.

This is the way to influence National Assembly law making process by the public.