Added a term limit policy to be debated.

Proposer
ItamarC235
State

Rejected

Vote Score

-1

Age

345 days


@ItamarC235 edited elections.md - 11 months ago

We will end the process of "co-option" whereby, if there is a vacancy on a local council, a number of electors must call for an election for one to be held. If there are no calls for an election a new councillor is "co-opted" (chosen by the existing councillors) as a replacement. Instead, if a vacancy arises, the returning officer must always arrange a by-election within 28 days of the vacancy arising.

Introduce a term limit system for both parliament members and prime ministers. The limit applied for prime ministers shall be two terms, and for parliament member four, and in order to be able to run for each position again there must be a two terms break, for example if the four term time period ended in 2017, the public representative must postpone his/hers governmental activity (Excluding private actions, such as supporting a cause outside of a governmental role) Up until 2025.

Recall of Representatives

Allow for full and proper recall of MPs: any e-petition to recall their MP supported by 20% of all registered constituency electors should trigger a local referendum (yes/no majority vote required) as to whether to hold a fresh by-election.

philipjohn

@philipjohn - 11 months ago

I understand the reasons why this kind of thing is proposed, but I don't agree it's a solution. It was detailed in #569 and I offered a bunch of reasons there so I'll just refer to that debate and drop my vote here.

Vote: ❎

Floppy

@Floppy - 11 months ago

I still tend towards the idea, but I will go back and reread the discussion around #569 before voting here.

Vote: 🤐

Floppy

@Floppy - 11 months ago

Crikey, that one went off topic a bit. I'll try to summarise the relevant parts here a bit later on.

Floppy

@Floppy - 11 months ago

@philipjohn so in that one, before it went off topic too badly, we were proposing term limits on full-time positions. This is a tighter set in this one, basically just MPs and the PM. The argument I understand from you is that it's unhelpful to limit the time in office for good MPs (of which there are many) in order to get rid of the bad ones, when electoral reform would make bad MPs easier to unseat, and would be preferable. Would you agree with that summary of your position?

Xyleneb

@Xyleneb - 11 months ago

Vote: :zippermouthface:

Even if we concluded that "there should be a limit" I can't really decide what kind of limit. Don't you sort of wish that Obama could have served a third term?

ItamarC235

@ItamarC235 - 11 months ago

It doesn't matter how good a person is, giving one person a great amount of power for a long amount of time can only cause wrong doing, corruption, scandals, you name it, having a universal time limit makes politics fresh, prevents rotten politics and acts as a regulator upon the public officials. Not to mention that not having a limit goes both ways, People will be able to vote officials like Trump and Netanyahu over and over again due to political apathy or blind interest if there was no limit, in case of Netanyahu thats the current state. In my opinion we must have a limit, a universal one.

openpolitics-bot

@openpolitics-bot - 8 months ago

Closed automatically: maximum age exceeded. Please feel free to resubmit this as a new proposal, but remember you will need to base any new proposal on the current policy text.