In order for any democratic system to be vibrant and progressive, all the democratic institutions that might include the Legislature, the Executive, the Judiciary, the Constitutional Bodies, the media and civil society organizations (CSO’s) must play their respective roles with regard to the rule of law and bearing true faith to the King, the country and the people. It is the role of each institution to ensure that the other institutions abide by the democratic principles of equity, transparency and accountability through a system of checks and balances. An environment where one institution of democracy plays a dominant role with the other institutions unwilling or unable to provide the required checks and balances is not a vibrant democracy. Similarly, where decisions that affect the people and country are made in a cloak of secrecy with no questions asked is not a vibrant democracy.
Indeed, exercise of powers without adequate oversight mechanisms will lead to a reversal of the decentralization and democratization process and end up with the concentration of powers in the hands of a few individuals. It is within this context that the National Council considers it extremely important to provide Parliament – that includes both Houses – with the necessary power and forum to ask questions to the Executive.
It is fundamental in the concept of responsible government that the Executive Government be accountable to Parliament. This accountability is demonstrated most clearly and publicly at Question Time when, for a period, on most sitting days questions are put to Ministers. The purpose of questions is primarily to seek information or press for action by bringing to light issues and perceived deficiencies in plans, policies and administrative actions.