As we know that Members of Parliament (MP) in Bangladesh have been slow to embrace the benefits of using social media to communicate with their constituents; the project called AmarMP.com is bridging the gap between parliamentary representatives and the citizens of Bangladesh by creating a platform for them to connect. The project will set up a clear and easy to follow mechanism for citizens to actively engage in the democratic processes and hold parliamentary representatives accountable.
Bangladesh continues to struggle with embedding democratic practices in all major spheres of life for its citizens. Members of Parliament (MP) in Bangladesh have been slow to embrace the benefits of using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and other methods to communicate with their constituents. Lack of citizen engagement with their representatives in parliament has made it extremely difficult to institutionalize democracy in Bangladesh.
AmarMP.com likes to work on how the elected representatives of the country could be accountable to their electorate directly or how they would be accessible to their citizens. The hypothesis is that if the citizens have access to their representatives directly then the current situation of governance could be improved. AmarMP.com closed the gap between representatives and the people. Bringing shadow MP in parallel to the MPs will bring more responsibilities, accountability and transparency.
The over-arching mission is to make MPs aware of their responsibilities and try to ensure their accountability to the electorate. The platform lets users find out who their representative in their area is and all about the MPs themselves including their publicly filed statement of wealth. They have the option of contacting them via different contact numbers and social media accounts listed on the website.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).