20 December 2011

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UK citizens to get right to recall their local MP if found in wrong doing

UK citizens to get right to recall their local MP if found in wrong doing

UK government is giving the right to citizens of UK to recall their MP who is found in a wrong doing.

Currently in UK if any British MP is convicted of an offence carrying a custodial sentence of more than a year are automatically disqualified from office and have to resign.
This does not apply to anyone given sentences of a year or less who, theoretically, can remain in Parliament.

In the draft bill, the David Cameron government is proposing to introduce a power of recall, allowing voters to force a by election where an MP is found to have engaged in serious wrongdoing and having had a petition calling for a by election signed by 10% of his or her constituents.

In UK last elections all the political parties promised this to the citizens of UK.

Mark Harper, minister for political and constitutional reform said that his government's intention is to establish a recall mechanism which is transparent, robust and fair.

The draft bill is being published for pre-legislative scrutiny and sets out two triggers for a recall petition:

1. where an MP is convicted in the UK of an offence and receives a custodial sentence of 12 months or less

2. Where the House of Commons resolves, through a vote by MPs, that a recall petition should be opened.

The first trigger will close a gap in the existing legislation whereby MPs are only disqualified if they receive a custodial sentence of more than 12 months.

The second trigger is an additional disciplinary power for the House of Commons, which for the first time allows constituents to have their say in deciding whether their MP should stay in office.

The petition will be administered by the local returning officer and will be open for a period of 8 weeks.

Right to reject and right recall are the fundamental rights of every citizen whose country is following the democratic system.

Right to recall and Right to reject both are possible only a corrupt minded people can reject and say that this is not possible by saying country is large and anything.

This is like I can not dance because the ground is not good.
I can not do good balling because ball is not good.
I can not do batting because my bat is not good so get out on by making zero runs.

Currently in India also we need both the rights and if today we start this fight I am sure after few years we will get this right.

First we have to get the Lokpal Bill and then 2nd is Anna Hazare said that he will fight for both the rights.

Thus even if you hate Anna Hazare you should support him because his cause is good, his aim is good.

What is possible in UK why it is not possible in India?

Demand right to reject and right to recall for Indian Citizens.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tags – UK Political Reforms Right to recall


Bikram December 20, 2011  

YEah its true.. we got more rights here and i would love this to work in india but Will it ?


Shreya December 20, 2011  

Right, I wish this could work in India.

Destination Infinity December 20, 2011  

But getting the signatures of 10% of the people of the constituency seems pretty difficult. The first clause of being convicted is fine though.

I am not sure if tough laws alone (without changing the mindset of people) will work. Any law can be used against normal people, and any law can be worked around by influential persons. I do agree that laws make it difficult for them.

Destination Infinity

SM December 21, 2011  

Shreya, thanks.
Destination Infinity,,thanks.