The Challenges of e-Parliament Adoption and its Mitigation  
  Authors : Abdulsalam S. Mustafa; Mahammad Sharifov


The Legislature a fundamental aspect of democratic governance in any nation provides an interactive, participatory and consultative platform for citizens’input in the decision-making process by harnessing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools for improving parliamentary processes, services and functions. In this study, we investigate the extent of the application of ICT in parliament, particularly in emerging economies, making distinctions while identifying the most important requirements, technical challenges and proposing solutions to addressing the challenges. Some of the major challenges explored included limited resources available to parliaments, insufficient technical knowledge among legislative staff, little citizen engagement and lack of standardized software in addition to security issues. Solutions proposed include the introduction of s-parliament concept for a smarter parliament through better utilization of big data and Internet of Things (IoT), better document management and storage systems, use of XML-based standardized software, improved ICT security, increasing public trust and enhance citizen participation in the decisionmaking process.


Published In : IJCAT Journal Volume 5, Issue 6

Date of Publication : June 2018

Pages : 78-87

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Abdulsalam S. Mustafa : Computer Science Department, Khazar University Baku, Azerbaijan.

Mahammad Sharifov : Computer Science Department, Khazar University Baku, Azerbaijan.








e-parliament, ICT in parliament, Internet of Things, big data, XML

In designing and developing websites an important component of e-parliament, it is important for parliaments to first determine the ever-increasing demands of the citizens as parliamentary websites are meant to be citizens- centric, accessible, easy to use, open and transparent to engage the electorates in the democratic process. Only few parliaments consider it important to publish open data on their websites including data on salaries of MPs, MPs attendance, committee reports, expenditures and oversight over the executive. ICT offers benefits to parliaments and is the first step towards the adoption of e-parliament.










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