Moving from political parties

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I ASK a few questions to the general public, Members of Parliament and political analysts.
I am not a politically minded person that is why these questions.
Can an MP move from one political party to another without the consent of the people who voted them in the first place?
Do the people have the right to have a say in this matter?
Can an MP cross the floor of Parliament from government to opposition and vice versa, without the knowledge/consent of the people who voted them?
Do the people have the right to have a say in this matter?
Where should be the priority of the MPs lie – their political parties, the government, the prime minister or the people who elected them?
Answering the above questions will bring about more questions, ethical, moral, legal and constitutional in nature.
I believe MPs should consult with their people first and foremost and get their approval for whatever they are ordered to do in Parliament, like voting on policies/legislations, crossing the floor, changing political parties etc.
MPs who make decisions in Parliament without consulting the people for their consent and approval have suspicions thrown on them.
I think the people will feel cheated, disappointed and let down if they were not consulted.
The looming VONC is another matter.
Do the MPs have the blessing of their voters which way they should vote?
I agree with Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas, when he said: “I have served for more than 40 years as a leader and I can tell you that once you put the people first, nothing will go wrong”.

AuVa/BeFo,
NCD

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