Has democracy reached the grassroots level?
We have to face a series of hurdles to get democracy at the grassroots level under the present provisions of the 2008 Constitution. Under this constitution, township and district level administrators are appointed by the Home Ministry. I think democracy can reach the grassroots level only after this constitution is amended. Kyaw Zeya – NLD party legislator, Bago Region
We have our track record in history. We first introduced a scheme like ‘Citizen Budget’ which gives the hallmarks of democracy, transparency and rights. In our tenure, we passed many amendment bills and laws despite facing lots of difficulties in this transition period. Aung Cho Oo – Vice Chairman of West Bago Region,Union Solidarity and Development Party-USDP
I think democracy can’t reach the grassroots level until people can feel like the students do, and the students can feel like the government does and the government can understand students. Democracy can’t reach grassroots as long as there is no such understanding. Dr. Khin Maung Nyo – Writer
Disharmony with people shows power corrupts. Power tends to corrupt. There are many examples and experiences showing power corrupts people in power. Dr. Khin Maung Nyo – Writer
Leave alone grassroots people, who have no legal knowledge, it is still a far cry away for democracy to reach even to lawyers, law enforcers. People at the grassroots level cannot yet enjoy democracy. Aye Thandar – Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar