This week Malta’s Partit Nazzjonalista launched a new system of e-mocracy to crowdsource proposals and new policy ideas. Introduced under the #ForzaNazzjonali brand, the e-democracy platform has crowd sourced more than 900 ideas in just a couple of days.
To recap on what the site does: it’s an online platform that allows users to interact directly with proposals and make suggestions of their own on how to amend them. They can also scrutinise and criticise the suggestions, and make entirely new suggestions of their own.
So far, aside from their ideas, users have submitted over 1.5K comments throughout the site. The interface is very similar to the Icelandic model, and pretty straight forward to use.
Which are the most popular ideas so far?
The bulk of the ideas on the platform have been submitted by the public. They cover a wide variety of concerns, from the legalisation of marijuana to the removal of the passport selling scheme, more benefits for pensioners, and the introduction of state-funded cremation.
But the most popular suggestions really do give insight into the major concerns for the electorate. Here’s the nine most popular ideas on the site so far:
1. Green Streets
2. ODZ Protection
3. Remote Voting
4. Public Transport
5. National Park
6. Study Leave & Subsidy
7. Green Areas
8. Protection of rights
9. Building Heights
The concept of more online participation in the democratic process was actually one of #PartitLM’s strongest proposals. We’re excited to see loads of suggestions on the platform falling in line with the ideas from our mock-campaign. So if you still #believe in those ideas, feel free to submit them to the PN portal.