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‘Open DPP’ seeks input from younger party members

‘Open DPP’ seeks input from younger party members

DPP Chairman Tsai Ing-wen announced the development of an "Open DPP" plan Monday, citing the proposal as a way to get more party members involved in discussions and implementation of public policies in the party. The ultimate aim of the plan will be to get a minimum of 10,000 members to sign in via the Internet to support positions on policies being considered by the party leadership.

As Tsai explains it, Open DPP will allow a larger number of younger members in the party to express their opinions on various topics and proposals, helping to encourage transparency and openness in the party and avoiding ossification and gentrification in the party leadership. This is turn will promote deeper trust in the party and its policies among both party members and the public.

The development is one of the key aims espoused by Tsai when she regained leadership of the DPP following several years under Su Tseng-chang. Open DPP, she notes, will allow the DPP to expand its reach in the community by giving more party members a chance to make positive contributions to the decision-making process for certain policies. The structure and operational layout of Open DPP have been jointly developed by the DPP’s Internet Development Bureau and a number of younger members of the party. In the future, if a minimum of 10,000 members sign onto a petition via the party website, it will be forwarded to the DPP Central Standing Committee for evaluation and response within 14 days.

Tsai points out that the DPP is less than 30 years old and thus should be considered a relatively young party. Some political observers still believe that the party has begin to become somewhat ‘fossilized’ in its structure and thought, and the party has gone through a number of experiments such as the use of Google Moderator, the convening of a Youth Parliament and other efforts designed to stimulate participation at the grass-roots level in the party. Party leaders feel that these methods are not enough, however, and are proposing Open DPP as a way to help the DPP maintain a youthful spirit and keep it vibrant and effective.

As Tsai put it, "I believe this is a very important process in allowing a political party to become more open. We are not working to shape personal slogans or create heroes in the party, but to establish a more open system in which everyone who wants to contribute will have an opportunity to participate”.

Tsai noted that in the future political parties must be more open and transparent in their decision-making processes in order to gain the trust of the people.

Tsai said Open DPP is intended to attract a wide range of proposals through the Internet, explaining that any topic may be addressed, including even cross-strait issues. She noted that as long as the minimum number of signatures is collected for a proposal it will be sent to the Central Standing Committee for discussion and evaluation.

Updated : 2021-09-26 09:57 GMT+08:00