Islanders engage in the public decisions that affect their Island

Long-term perspective

Public engagement in decision-making promotes government accountability, a friendly business environment and public trust in government institutions.

Medium-term focus: the Government Plan 2020-23

A Government Plan 2020-23 commitment is to further enhance governance and transparency in the development and delivery of policy, promote democratic accountability, and support improvements to the electoral system to encourage voter turnout.

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Why Is This Important?

Public engagement in decision making is often considered a sign of a healthy democracy. High levels of political and civic participation increase the likelihood that the voices of ordinary citizens will be heard in important debates, and they confer a degree of legitimacy on democratic institutions.  Confidence in government is one of the most important foundations upon which the legitimacy and sustainability of political systems are built.

 

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