CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

Many people feel a sense of commitment to their neighbourhood and are actively involved in activities to improve the quality of life there. This is called  citizen participation . Citizen participation may be defined as a process in which ordinary people take part – whether on a voluntary or obligatory basis and whether acting alone or as part of a group – with the goal of influencing a decision involving significant choices that will affect their community. Such participation may or may not take place within an institutional framework, and it may be organized either by members of civil society (for example, through class action, demonstrations, citizens’ committees, etc.) or by decision makers (for example,
through referendums, parliamentary commissions and mediation, etc.). The principle of citizen participation holds that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process. Citizen participation implies that the public’s contribution will influence the decision.
In my country (Nigeria), citizen participation is important because it gives everyone an opportunity to express themselves and take part in choices that will affect their community positively. One of the oldest and best forms of participation in my country is through VOTING during ELECTIONS. Voting enables citizens to personally participate in decision making process and make their own choices; hence, everyone above the age of 18 is required to vote. However, there are many other ways we can have a
voice and influence policy-making and government, Such as direct appeals and communications with the government, where we can send individual or collective oral or written appeals to the government and wait for the government to consider. In addition, electronic petitions can be used too. I would like to conclude by saying that if every citizen tries to actively participate in the affairs and decision making process of the government, then the society , country ,and the world will be a better place.

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