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QCPS Policy Paper Recommends Amendments to Election Law, Statute of Parliament

2016-11-21

Al Quds Centre for Political Studies (QCPS) launched a policy paper discussing ways to empower parliamentary blocs and pave the way for parliamentary governments.The policy paper also examined the impact of the Political Parties Law on parliamentary blocs, making a set of recommendations, such as amending the Election Law and political parties funding provision, as well as developing the statute of parliament.
Recommendations include:
̶ Introducing fundamental amendments to the Election Law in order to advance political parties and empower parliament.
̶ Amending the statute of parliament, including sections governing parliamentary blocs and coalitions.
̶ Introducing fundamental amendments to political parties funding provision, increasing financial support for political parties that win between one and five parliamentary seats, while at the same time assisting parties that fail to join the lower house.
̶ Enforcing articles of the statute of parliament governing resignation from parliamentary blocs, and imposing travel restrictions on travel of resignees.
̶ Not permitting members of parliamentary blocs to address debates on the general budget and vote of confidence.
̶ Amending the statute of parliament to allow any pollical parties with at least five parliamentary seats to form a parliamentary bloc.
Also, the policy paper, prepared by Hussein Abu Rumman, head of QCPS studies, urged parliamentary blocs to:
̶ Enhance their unity and clarify their positions.
̶ Create and commit to political programmes on political, economic, social and education issues of the public.
̶ Document their work and meetings.
̶ Establish strong relations with the media and the public.
̶ Build websites or create Facebook pages for every bloc to publish news and activities.
̶ Hold news conferences at the end of every legislative session to talk about achievements.
The workshop, headed by QCPS Oraib Rantawi, and Dr. Manuel Schubert, ‎resident representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, hosted two experts, Michael Domer, of the EU General Affairs Department at Germany's Federal Foreign Office, and former Lithuanian MP يوناس تشيكيوليس of the National Democratic Institute.