Ceiling Without Beams [Archives:2000/07/Focus]

February 14 2000

By: Najma Ali Abdu

A query is often heard about the political activity. Is it a group of compound developments having certain inputs that would change into certain examples of outputs? This could be applied to individual voting or political decision and/or political control. It also applies to whether the right to political participation by the ordinary citizen or the political citizen’s endeavor to assume power, is one of the political activity’s aims.
All notions of political participation mean that the governed have the right to take part in drafting the political decision. That is if we tackle the analysis of political participation on its wide-range common meaning, but if we look at it through its narrowest angles we would find out that the governed have only the right to watch the political decision by assessment adjustment when issued by the competent authority. This means that the governed have the right to participate in making public policy of the country, and participate in taking decisions as well as watching their implementation in a manner guaranteeing organisation of the masses and achieving the aspired goals.
I presume that there is a strong relationship between political participation and freedom because the concept of freedom in the political field means the political participation and broader range in exercising of politics.
Political participation represents the uppermost image of relationship between the authority and the society. Since it has been a political imperative it has become one of the most significant and complicated issues. The reason is that it could not be dealt with only through limited circles of decision-makers in the executive authority and its representatives.
So, political participation has become an unquestionable matter whether by leaders or organizations. It has now become an established belief that the democratic political authority is founded only on representative mechanisms that express the people’s will and has a wide-range social base safeguarding political and party pluralism as well as freedom and opposition. Political participation dictates convincing the parties of this process on a specified fact, namely, that the homeland is large enough to accommodate all, and that no single political force is capable of leading any society whatever material and moral power it may possess. The homeland is in need of common effort for building a prosperous future away from fanaticism or biases to this political force or that.