Open Government through modern technology - Joseph Muscat
A new Government will adopt the concept of 'Open Government' through the use of modern technology, PL leader Joseph Muscat pledged this morning during a press conference in Mgarr, Gozo.
This will not only bring more transparency in Governmental institutions by allowing citizens to access information online, but will also allow tthe public to voice their opinions and directly influence the Governments decisions, he explained. Dr Muscat put forward four other proposals including the use of social networks were people can express their ideas on policies and new initiatives through this format.
Aside from proposed laws being published online, the PL leader proposed that the public can comment as well as ask questions online. “This feedback will be used in order for the Government to have a better idea on what needs tweaking and a good indication where more discussions need to be held on controversial issues”.
A pilot project will be launched where tax payers and consumers will have the right to elect a representative on national boards and corporations. The possibility of having electronic voting will also be evaluated. “This will be the first time public entities will truly be opening their doors and will allow representatives elected by the public rather than politicians” the PL leader stipulated.
He concluded that he is suspicious of the PN Electoral Programme as there is no mention of the Whistle Blower Act or party financing.