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(From Vanguard (Nigeria) - AAGM)
Byline: Chris Okoye
IT is, therefore, agreed that any political system which is based on the foregoing tenets, among others, would be regarded as a functional democracy. Our position is that without the legislature, it is not possible to have a functional democracy. We need to appreciate the central roles legislatures play in democratic political systems by looking at their functions. The first and foremost function of the legislature is that of representation. As John Stuart Mill wrote in 1862: "In a representative democracy, the legislature acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the people. The legislature watches and controls the …