Fw: best path to democracy for egypt
- --- 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> The structure of this party guarantees that its opinions on
> most matters will always be the same as the
> 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
> 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
> 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%
> 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