Editotrial; on Election Law Revisions
What appears as a chronic partisan standoff between the ruling coalition and opposition Grand National Party may irreversibly damage national interests if a breakthrough of the stalemate is further delayed. Some 500 bills pending in the legislature are waiting for passage. Of them, 190 bills require an urgent address of pressing issues facing the nation. The budget bill in particular must obtain parliamentary authorization before the legal deadline of December 2 for its legitimate appropriations. This allows virtually no time to have a thorough examination of the some 90 trillion budget bill. The parliament's first obligation is to conduct exhaustive deliberations over the coffers sovereign taxpayers have to fill.
Utterly incomprehensible here is the ruling coalition's move to unilaterally pass the election law revisions by forsaking the urgency of such bills that require priority considerations of the National Assembly. Election laws represent the most fundamental rules of the game by which the people express their party preferences and the delegation of their sovereign powers are realized. As such, democratic imperatives dictate that any fundamental rules or revisions must be passed by a bypartisan agreement or, at least, through exhaustive parliamentary debates by the legislative members of all parties. No amount of extenuating circumstances can justify the ruling party's reported attempt to unilaterally pass the election law revisions. The opposition's semi-sabotage of parliamentary affairs is irresponsible but this does not justify the move for unilateral revisions.
The rule of the majority is not just a numerical concept but a qualitative one which has a moral caveat against any attributes of majoritarian tyranny. The party in power has the obligation to either persuade or compromise with the opposition to attend to parliamentary affairs even if the opposition appears unduly dogged and unreasonable in its demands. This is what at times makes the working of democracy difficult. When and if an impasse is reached, the ruling party must have a recourse to appeal to public opinion and winning the people's support for its cause. …