Open Government

Political recall and legal recourse for politicians

Politicians at all levels are entrusted to govern in the best interests of their constituents and to protect the public purse. Currently, individuals at all three levels of government are embroiled in scandals concerning negligence, malfeasance, neglect and criminality. Political recall (removal from office) and legal action (where evidence of criminal activity is suspected) would make politicians personally accountable for their actions, and would empower citizens with a mechanism to remove inept or criminal politicians. Doing so would raise the bar and ensure that a higher quality of decision and lawmakers are put in position of power and trust, and would help to allay the public's current cynicism and disrespect of those who hold public office.


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Idea No. 610