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On a provincial government level, he said it is more difficult for elected representatives to truly represent the interests of their constituents givens they operates in a partisan, party based system of government.
"You hear (politicians) say all the time, 'Oh, we act on behalf of Louis Vuitton Belts For Men Price the people of the province,' or the people of the city, or the people of the country, when it seems like there are a lot of people who don't feel that way," said Parsons. "Why wouldn't you just ask them? We only get asked to vote for a particular party or politician every four years, but there's certainly no reason that there couldn't be more opportunities for people to be participating in the process."
Parsons does not dispute that such meetings are useful, but he also believes there is potential to enhance such forms of public engagement.
"How much can that individual politician actually draw on that feedback to make a decision if you've got a party whip who is telling you how to vote? In the municipal councils, I think that where they're apparently non partisan, there is more opportunity there for people to engage politicians directly and tell them, 'This is what I think.'"
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While people may blame individual politicians when they do not agree with government decisions, Parsons suggests it may prove more beneficial to examine the system as a whole.
The use of this technology is a relatively new phenomenom, but direct democratic voting has been used in many places around the world without involving electronic devices, according to Parsons.
The event was organized by the pro democracy People's Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador and by The Social Justice Co operative of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The ultimate goal is to get governments to make decisions that are more intimately informed by the population it represents.
and have votes by getting everyone to put up their hand to decide municipal issues," he said.
your ballot with the municipal council, for example."
"The way the system works, it looks similar to some of the social media that people are familiar with," said Parsons.
Sunday's event was set to include participatory elements, including mock presentations from both sides on an issue. Attendees would then get the chance to vote on how they would like that issue to be addressed by their elected representative.
Sunday night's event took place as interest continues to build for municipal elections taking place across the province. In St. John's, public meetings are held on a regular basis to gain input on developments, changes to city bylaws and other matters.
With that said, Parsons feels that democracy as it exists lacks a mechanism to bind politicians to the will of those they represent.
Called "Demo X," the event was billed as an experiment in democracy, paying particular attention to elected representatives in Sweden who get citizens to take part in online polls that instruct them on how to approach an issue.
"I think that often we focus too much on specific issues and don't look at the way decisions are made," said Jon Parsons, one of the organizers for the event.
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