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  • K. M.
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 12, 2011
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      --- On Sat, 12/2/11, K. M. <kaitm2001@...> wrote:

      > From: K. M. <kaitm2001@...>
      > Subject: best path to democracy for egypt
      > To: info@...
      > Date: Saturday, 12 February, 2011, 20:31
      > Transition to Better Democracy Suggestion for Egypt 2011
      > Please forward this proposal on to the heads of government
      > and of the military as quickly as possibly. It provides a
      > suggested way forward, to a happy free and democratic Egypt.
      > If you are happy to do an Arabic translation of this, that
      > would also be welcome.
      > You can contact the author of this idea on kaitm2001@...
      > Step 1 = February 2011. The government steps down and
      > agrees to this or a similar plan of action. The NDP
      > continues to exist but initially only in an 
      > advice-giving role, showing the world that the people are
      > permitted to govern independently.
      > A new independent political party called Free Citizens is
      > formed.
      > This new party runs the govt. until elections can be held
      > in the summer.
      > It is also in charge of the formation of two further
      > political parties, ‘Intelligence’ and
      > ‘Personalities’ (or otherwise named).
      > The first independent people’s party formed has to ensure
      > that these other parties are also fairly formed, independent
      > and financially viable.
      > This new party Free Citizens is formed by means of a
      > country-wide lottery.
      > Every person with Egyptian citizenship over the age of 18
      > may enter, if they wish to. They are given 3 weeks from the
      > announcement to get their letter in and so enter.
      > They enter by submitting their name, address, phone
      > number(s), occupation, employer, and date of birth
      > postally.
      > A big lottery is held among all the people who entered.
      > 25 people are selected in this lottery to form the power
      > centre that controls the Free Citizens Party. The first 5
      > names drawn in this lottery among all the applicants are
      > automatically part of this power centre for at least 1 year.
      > A few rules apply: one entry per person; no more than 10 of
      > these 25 people may be born in the same decade (for example
      > the 1970s); no more than 5 may live in the same governorate
      > of Egypt; no more than 5 may have the same employer or
      > occupation; and no more than 10 of them may be over the age
      > of 60 or under the age of 24. So assuming the 6th, 7th, 8th,
      > … …. next person drawn is eligible under these rules,
      > they too form part of the power-centre of the party that
      > controls govt for 1 year. The process continues until 25 are
      > selected.
      > This power centre only meets for 2 full weeks in the
      > beginning and then for 2-3 days once every 3 months after
      > that. During these meetings, it makes its main decisions
      > about its party leadership, budget and strategies by a
      > series of majority-wins issue stance votes, median number
      > wins and single transferrable vote appointment rounds. It
      > hereby chooses the appointments for who will govern the
      > party’s policy-making, financial, recruitment, public
      > relations, and admin arms. In Feb 2011 it appoints the
      > caretaker heads of govt that will stay in office until the
      > March/April 2011 elections.
      > 3 months before the end of the first year, the 25 current
      > members of the power centre of the Free Citizens Party vote
      > among each other to decide which 10 stay on for another
      > year, and 15 new members are again chosen by an annual
      > lottery.
      > The structure of this party guarantees that its opinions on
      > most matters will  always be the same as the
      > country’s.
      > Step 2 (March or April 2011)
      > A 2nd and a 3rd new independent party are formed through
      > the actions of the caretaker govt. and with the help of the
      > governing Free Citizens Party appointees:
      > One of them is to be known as ‘Personalities’ and the
      > other as ‘Intelligence’.
      > Personalities is to have its own 25-person power centre
      > formed as follows:
      > In each of the 10 governorates of Egypt with the highest
      > population, a simultaneous open-to all event is held, in
      > which the ‘participants choose the winner from among the
      > participants’ as follows: In round 1 all the people who
      > came to take part in the event are allocated to a group of 9
      > or 10 participants the moment they arrive by a random
      > selection lottery drawing (the random selector allocates the
      > early arrivals to groups 1 to 5, then the next arrivals to
      > groups 6 to 10, and so on). Once a group of 9 or 10
      > participants is formed, each group goes off into a private
      > room to discuss all the issues that are important to them
      > for exactly 2 hours, at the end of which each member of the
      > group gives all the other members of his group points (0, 1,
      > 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 points, more points means a more
      > favourable vote) for how much they like their political
      > views and their potential to show leadership and to
      > represent the group as a whole.
      > When all the points are added up for the event as a whole,
      > the top 50 overall in terms of vote points advance to the
      > 2nd round (+ a quota ensures that groups of 9 and groups of
      > 10 both submit a fair %age of these 50 semi-finalists).
      > These top 50 are invited to participate in one of a new set
      > of 5 round 2 groups on Day 2 of the event. These 50
      > remaining participants again get 2 hrs in which to examine
      > each other member of their round 2 group and then vote on
      > each other, and the top 2 from each group goes through to
      > round 3 the final selection group.
      > The top 2 most voted for in each round 3 group (2 from each
      > of the 10 governorates) become part of the power-centre of
      > Personalities. An 11th such event is held among people who
      > live in other non-top 10 governorates (with round 1
      > separately held in each of the 16 smaller governorates and
      > the top 50 assembling in one venue to decide their winner),
      > of which a further 3 go into the power-centre, and the final
      > 2 places in the 25-member power-centre of Personalities is
      > decided in a 12th such event, in which only the 4 (best
      > attended event) + 3 (2nd best attended event) + 2 + 1 (4th
      > best attended) = 10 best runners-up of the round 3 votes of
      > the 4 best attended events participate.
      > After every 5 years, only 15 of these 25 members of the
      > party power-centre stay on. In a similar voting event
      > consisting only of the 25 current members of the
      > power-centre, the 15 to stay on are elected, and the other
      > 10 are to be replaced in new events of this type.
      > ‘Intelligence’ is to be governed by a 15-member
      > governing board, consisting of the winners of a timed exam,
      > timed puzzle and quiz game that decides who the most
      > intelligent applicants are:
      > 3 of these are to be the best performers in a game testing
      > their knowledge of current laws;
      > a further 3 are to be the best performers in a game testing
      > their knowledge of business, development and economics;
      > a further 3 are to be best performers in a game testing
      > their general numeracy, maths and puzzle-solving skills
      > a further 3 are to be best performers in a game testing
      > their general knowledge of Egyptian and world news issues
      > and geography
      > and the final 3 are to be best performers in a game testing
      > their knowledge of whichever 5 specialisms of study
      > currently form the most-chosen main university degree
      > specialism subjects in Eqypt.
      > Like the other party power-centres, the members are to meet
      > every 3 months and especially at the formation in 2011 to
      > work out all the main decisions affecting the staffing and
      > direction of the party in the coming months through a series
      > of votes and report-backs.
      > At the end of every 4 years, the 15 members of the
      > power-centre of Intelligence is to elect one of each
      > category’s three to stay on when the other 2 are replaced
      > by new quiz winners, and also to oversee the preparation and
      > selection of the questions and timed puzzles that will make
      > up the competitions to become part of this party’s next
      > power-centre.
      > Summer 2011 & 2016 & 2021 & 2026: 
      > Nationwide parliamentary elections are to be held. Listed on
      > each 2011 voter’s ballot are the above 3 parties + the NDP
      > + whichever other 10 parties submitted the most phone number
      > supported verifiable signatures in support of them going on
      > the voting ballot.
      > From 2016 onwards the top 10 in the previous election + the
      > 5 other parties with the biggest new petitions go on the
      > ballot.
      > The above 3 parties and the NDP are to be guaranteed an
      > equal share (10% each) of election funds from tax money in
      > spring 2011 elections and whichever other 10 parties
      > submitted the most signatures get 6% each, plus all 14
      > parties get guaranteed access to the press and TV in which
      > to get their messages out.
      > From 2016 onwards, the top 5 in the most recent elections
      > always get 10% each and the other parties on the ballot 5%
      > each.
      > Voters put their 1st, and if they wish to also their 2nd,
      > 3rd, 4th and 5th and worst preference on the ballot paper.
      > When the votes are counted, the 3 parties getting the most
      > 1st preference votes in each of the 26 governorates (+ the 3
      > governorates with the biggest populations are split into 2
      > each) get examined in a round-robin recount where the party
      > that beats the other two in triangular (AvB, AvC, BvC)
      > head-to head comparison wins 1 seat each in parliament
      > + a further 31 seats are won and allocated by proportional
      > representation in accordance with all the 1st preference
      > votes (with worst preference votes counting as -1 (minus
      > one) each and 1st preference votes as +2 (plus two) points
      > each and 2nd preference as +1  or 0 each, depending
      > whether or not the voter has ticked the ‘disregard 2nd
      > preference in PR’ box).
      > So of the 60 seats in parliament, 31 are awarded by
      > proportional representation and 29 are seats representing
      > the 26 specific governorates. Whenever the 60-seat
      > parliament votes by 31 votes or more for any change or
      > issue, the government is obliged to enact the will of the
      > majority of parliament. The government has to give one
      > month’s notice to the parliament of any intention to enact
      > any change. If parliament does not overturn it in this
      > month, it is ok to proceed.
      > Autumn 2011 & 2016 & 2021 & 2026:
      > The Head of Govt and head of state president is also to be
      > directly elected, with the three biggest parties in
      > parliament (the president’s + the 2 best performing other
      > parties in the spring parliamentary election) each getting a
      > finalist choice. Other candidates go through a semifinals
      > (timed to coincide with the spring parliamentary elections)
      > first, from which the winner goes forward into the
      > presidential run-off against the three biggest parties’
      > picks. The presidential elections are held on a round-robin
      > basis, so that each voter’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and worst
      > preference are translated by the vote-counting machine into
      > the voter’s choices in a 4-way round robin election (AvB,
      > AvC, AvD, BvC, BvD, CvD). The winner of these presidential
      > elections (which is held at the same time as the
      > governors’ and provincial assemblies’ elections) wins
      > the office of the president (by having more than 50% of
      > voters prefer him head to head against each of his
      > opponents). He wins the right to fill the cabinet of govt
      > leaders, pending his nominations and the aforementioned
      > one-month notice to parliament.
      > If you have any questions about this idea and suggestion,
      > please contact kaitm2001@...   
      > Please allow this idea a fair chance at being enacted. If
      > it is a good idea, it should be allowed the chance to become
      > reality.
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