The Forum For Presidential Democracy is a political party devoted to the cause of spreading the concept of a truly democratic presidential system for the country with checks and balances. The Forum is the only registered political party committed and dedicated to the sole objective to bring about this change. It is said that Democracy is of the “people”, for the “people” and by the “people”, but in our present set up the word “people” seems to have been replaced by the word “politicians”. It is felt that a truly democratic presidential system with certain modifications, to meet our requirements, would be lot more suitable for better governance of the country. An overwhelming majority of the people in our country are increasingly frustrated and disillusioned on account of the prevailing unsatisfactory state of affairs resulting from the current unstable & corrupt political set-up and mis-governance. However, for most of the people, there appears to be no satisfactory way out of the present grim predicament. Based on study and analysis of mature and liberal democracies of several countries including the USA, Germany, Britain, France, Australia, etc. it is felt that Presidential System of Democracy with certain modifications would be lot more suitable for better governance of the country, minimizing the scope for corruption thereby.
The concept of Presidential form of democracy:
1) Direct election of the Executive Head of the Govt. by the people at the National and State levels including major metropolitan cities (known as the President, the Governor and the Mayor, respectively).
2) Providing for a fixed tenure of the Executive Head of the Govt. so that they are not dependant on the mercy of legislators for their survival.
3) Separation of Executive (i.e. Cabinet) from the Legislature so as to provide an opportunity for the Executive Head to select the best available talent as members of his team.
4) Introduction of adequate checks and balances between the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. Judiciary to have full power to review any legislation which would affect the fundamental rights of the people. In order to prevent criminals from entering the legislature, the pending criminal cases against the legislators to be run on day to day basis.
5) No Executive Head of the Govt. whether at State or Central Govt. to remain in Office for more than two terms.
6) Introduction of a legislative system whereby legislators will have full freedom to vote according to their judgment irrespective of the party line and the establishment of a strong committee system whereby any proposed legislation shall be analysed in an impartial and professional manner.
7) Primary system for nomination of candidates wherein the members of the party will elect the candidates in a secret ballot (wherein the party-bosses will have no role to play for nomination).
8) Providing state funding in a regulated manner to the parties so as to minimize / eliminate their dependency on other private sources.
9) Implementation of Mixed Proportional Representation for Legislature. (To allot 50% of seats in the Legislature as per our current ‘first past the post’ and balance 50% to the parties based on percentage of votes polled by them. The ballot paper to consist of 2 parts, one for the choice of candidate and one for the choice of party.
10) Enactment of Law on Regulation of Political Parties making all political parties accountable for source of funds and assets and mandatory to publish audited accounts every year and also to ensure democratic working of the Party.