Has democ­racy reached the grass­roots level?

Mizzima Business Weekly - - DEBATE -

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

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