Policy Recommendations of the District Multi-Stakeholders Forum onConstitutional Reform and Peaceful Coexistence
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization thatresponds to the worldwide quest for popular civic participation, open and competitive political systems,and representative and accountable government. NDI and its local partners work to establish andstrengthen democratic institutions and practices by building political and civic organizations,safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.With staff members and volunteer political practitioners from more than 100 nations, NDI brings togetherindividuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise. Partners receive broadexposure to best practices in international democratic development that can be adapted to the needs of their own countries. NDI’s multinational approach reinforces the message that while there is no singledemocratic model, certain core principles are shared by all democracies.In late 2008, NDI commenced a program to promote multi-sector dialogue to build capacity andconsensus on constitutional reform and peaceful coexistence. District Multi-Stakeholders Forums(DMSFs) were created in eight districts of the South, Central and Eastern Provinces with the participationof political party leaders, representatives of professional associations and civil society organizations.During the initial meetings in early 2009, participants identified specific constitutional and governanceissues that they believed should be addressed through policy, legislative and institutional reforms topromote, consolidate and sustain democracy and good governance. Comprehensive dialogues werepromoted on the following issues:1.
The right to Representation and Participation2.
The right to Rule of Law3.
The Right to Transparent Governance4.
The right to Effective, Efficient, Responsive and Accountable Governance5.
The right of Women to Equality, Representation and ParticipationThe recommendations formulated by the DMSF are intended to initiate dialogues through constructiveengagement with policy-level stakeholders, political and civil leaders and others responsible in promotingdemocratic governance in the country. The recommendations for policy reform on the
Right to Rule of Law
are presented herewith with the kind request of the members of the DMSF to H.E. PresidentMahinda Rajapaksa, Cabinet Ministers, Leader of the Opposition, leaders of all political parties,Parliamentarians, Members of the Provincial Councils, Heads of relevant state institutions and the generalpublic to kindly come forward with commitment, enthusiasm and solidarity to promote informed dialoguebased on these recommendations in order to reach multi-party consensus in the search for a shared futurein which everyone will be accepted and respected as equals in an environment of good governance withdevelopment and peace and free of discriminations, fear, intimidation and violence.
The Members of the District Multi-Stakeholders Forum on Constitutional Reform and Peaceful Coexistence