December 1, 2021, Wednesday
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The agenda political parties miss

The Nepal Weekly
November 23, 2021

| Editorial l

It is encouraging to see some political parties engaged in party-reorganization and election process for fresh leadership or renewing old leadership through mandatory periodic electoral process amidst their general convention. Had they included the agenda of strengthening institutions and systems for sustainable democracy in the country, they could have made their conventions really meaningful and relevant. But unfortunately the agenda go simply missing in the programme menu of their conventions. The conventions appear so leader-centric or power-focused that they do not have room for discussing or adopting ways to make political parties more accountable, transparent, governance-focused and service-oriented to the public. The experience of 31 years particularly past four years is: because political parties could not be democratic in internal organization, transparent in finance and conscious in delivery of services to the people through appropriate governance-system, they could not win the trust of the people. Neither could they institutionalize the democratic values restored through People’s Movement I, II and re-institutionalized by the current republican constitution. Since political parties play key role in driving the politics and other sectors in the country, they have to be careful in preserving democratic values on a sustainable basis. If democracy and electoral process do not get institutionalized in the country the hard-won democracy would not be able to bear fruits for the people. If the leaders and the political parties do not take up the agenda of being transparent, democratic in governance and service-oriented in delivery of public services, people would in future lose patience and interest in the overall democratic process. The same would result in adverse situation in the country; it would have wrong impact on the socio-economic programme implementation. The consequences of overlooking the agenda of financial transparency, governance and delivery of public services would also adversely impact the strength and support-base of political parties but the same is mostly forgotten by the leaders who consider their interest more than that of the party. The second generation leaders of all political parties in Nepal should now take the point seriously and seek to emphasize the agenda as core part of the party programme. Failure to do so would adversely impact their image as well in future.