Consultation on amending Constitution takes place

2017-05-01 13:39:36
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The first deliberate polling on amending the Constitution of Mongolia was carried out on April 29 and 30 in the State House, gathering 785 citizens, chosen by random selection representing all administrative units of the country.

The public referendum, in accordance with the Law on Conducting First Referendum on Amending the Constitution of Mongolia, will take place after the public had the necessary information and proper understanding about the proposed draft amendment to the Constitution.
Briefing was given to participants on 13 issues under 6 topics, each of which had their own discussions.  
In his opening speech, Speaker of Mongolian Parliament M.Enkhbold noted that the necessity to revise the Constitution has been an expedience, and stated the decisions will be made by the State Great Khural, taking Your (785 citizens) recommendations into consideration.

The discussions clarified that it is impossible for Mongolia to shift from parliamentary system to presidential. Researchers said it is not viable to shift to presidential system with the currently effective laws and regulations. “A draft amendment proposes to transfer the authority to elect the president from the public to the legislature. This is not a step back from the parliamentary system we have. Today, the Prime Minister and the President are being elected from different political parties. This makes it more complex to implement the planned works of the political party in power. Also, selecting presidential candidates without affiliation to any political party will cause difficulties in organizing the presidential election”, they underlined.
Discussions continued under topics of changing administrative units, renewing parliamentary functions without creating separate houses and many others.
Recommendations from the polling will be publicized in seven days.