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“Assessing Performance of Political Composition in House of Representatives to Discuss Government’s Statement” Policy paper issued by the FDHRD

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The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue issued a policy paper on “evaluating the performance of the political composition in the House of Representatives to discuss the government’s statement.” 

The paper stressed that during the sessions dedicated to the task of summoning  ministers and reviewing the extent of development in the implementation of the government program, performance has emerged and the practices of the new council have emerged that can be said to serve as a rare opportunity to learn about the effects of the parliamentary composition and the nature of the performance and effectiveness of the deputies and their ability to pass the first test successfully and express the needs of their departments with the same skill in formulating and developing plans and programs.

The paper concluded with a series of readings and analyses that help monitor and analyze the magnitude of the development in the performance of deputies as individuals or as a coherent composition as follows:

Analysis of the totals of the interventions of the deputies

The paper confirmed that the parliamentary performance during the current legislative term has witnessed a great development both in terms of the desire to participate or to take care of the request for interventions and talk during the plenary sessions.

The government performance evaluation sessions saw the participation of a number of (461) deputies in the talk with a total of interventions (1227) intervention as an unprecedented figure showing the extent of effectiveness and keenness on dialogue and the presentation of critical and analytical observations by the deputies by (72,000) 8% in exchange for not talking or participating in the general dialogues of the number of (131) deputies equal to (27.2%) of the total deputies of the Council as an indicator indicating a level of unprecedented positivity in the history of Egyptian parliamentary life throughout its extended history.

She pointed to the development of the ratios and figures of participation in the talk with the progress of the sessions where the initial sessions of the government evaluation witnessed participation ranging from limited to medium developed over time to rise unprecedentedly, explaining that the nature of the qualitative files and areas of work of ministries were not the strengthening and motivating to participate contrary to the experiences of the sessions and the confidence of the attendees and listening to the diversity of views that played a role in the participation of the deputies, especially in light of the significant change in the parliamentary composition and the large number of deputies New members whose actual meetings of the Council were an opportunity to learn and train in participation.

Analysis of the performance of political forces

According to the policy paper, the political composition of the current council carried clear indications of dramatic dialectic contradictions with regard to its expression of the political and partisan situation in the country, while the Council witnessed a decline in the representation of political and party forces to become (13) political parties in the current legislative chapter After (20) political parties in the previous legislative term with a decline of (35%), the number of two parties in the current council increased to (421) deputies compared to (246) party deputies in the previous council by Positive development (171.14%) in addition to the emergence of a party that has a parliamentary majority (Mostakbal Al-Watan) that enables it to lead parliamentary work and guide legislative plans and regulatory tools without the need for the extraordinary text of the establishment of parliamentary coalitions and blocs.

This politically diverse picture was reflected in the digital and numerical performance of the participation of deputies in the dialogues where the Al-Mostakbal Al-Watan Party had absolute numerical advantage in the government evaluation sessions, both in terms of the number of applicants (241) deputies representing (75.5%) of the total deputies of the party or in terms of the total number of interventions made by its deputies (600) interventions.

By virtue of the number, the independents came next to the majority of the future of the homeland with the participation of (88) deputies who submitted a number (281) interventions in proportions close to the parliamentary majority, which reveals the vitality, interaction and keenness to participate, which can be monitored by the majority of the parliamentary blocs present in the Council, where the same indicators were repeated for the center parties starting with the participation of (36) deputies with a total (84) interventions and the Wafd Party (24) deputies in total (79) interventions.

On the other hand, the parties with limited representation have shown efficiency and effectiveness in the discussions in addition to an organizational commitment that reveals a unique state of awareness among its members, whether in terms of the desire to participate or the efficiency of the presentation and the selection of issues or the distribution of roles among the elements of their parliamentary bodies, although the most prominent model among them is the parties (Reform and Development, Social Democratic, Eradet Geil) who differed from all parliamentary currents with the participation of all their representatives in the dialogues and the request for thefloor.

Analysis of interventions by heads of parliamentary bodies

With regard to the interventions of the heads of parliamentary bodies, the paper stated that although these sessions saw the participation of (461) deputies with an average of (1,227) interventions (2.66) intervention per participant, the heads of the bodies had only a number (61) interventions With an average of (4.7) interventions each, it was strange that there were (6) of them who did not reach this average, in addition to the fact that (4) of the heads of the parliamentary bodies each had only an (1) intervention during the presence of (28) ministers in (15) plenary sessions It even reached that among the highest interaction and modern during the cabinet sessions, only representatives (Mostakabal Al-Watan, Homat Al-Watan) appeared from the parliamentary bodies, while the first 10 representatives of (11) political parties were absent from the position of requiring a review and redirection of the parliamentary performance of these parliamentary elites.

Analysis of the interventions of the chairmen of the quality committees

The paper noted that the experience of government performance evaluation sessions brought many negative indicators and bad observations about the effectiveness and contributions of committee chairmen in dialogues and discussions related to government files and programs relevant to their roles and the nature of the work of the committees they chair and assume that they are experts in their fields, which has brought back some talk about the processes of satisfaction, accommodation and courtesy in those choices even at the expense of the quality of the outputs of the parliamentary work itself.

Of the (1227) total interventions in the government performance evaluation sessions, the share of the chairmen of the quality committees was limited to (59) only an intervention of (4.8%) as an unacceptable indicator and not befitting their positions and roles.

In the same context, the analysis of the positions of the heads of the quality committees in detail reveals that these interventions and the number (59) interventions were limited to (20) chairman of the committee while the number of (5) heads of quality committees were completely absent from talking (20%) despite the seriousness of these files and the existence of a community debate about the performance of many of the executive branch associated with it. Stranger still was the silence of the chairman of the (culture and media) committee despite being the first committee of parliament to resolve the discussions and announce its rejection of the statement of Information Minister Osama Heikal ina rare parliamentary precedent on the performance of the Council, and even the announcement of the committee’s selection (as a rapporteur) during the presentation of the report and discussion about it during the plenary session.

You can see the cam policy paper   on the Dialogue Forum for Development and Human Rights website at the following link:

https://www.fdhrd.org/ar/evaluation-performance-plastic-political-in-council/

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