Campaigning is fair, honourable and limited.
Elections are run, and voting is based on the issues that specific individuals would want to see brought to the table if they were elected to the House .
That person is then entitled to campaign on those issues only. Campaigning will only be done in terms of educating the people on the topic.
Candidates cannot hold an opinion on what the direction will be. Under Engaged Democracy, the direction and the solution are formulated throughout the process.
People can campaign on their desire to serve the public, their organizational skills and/or their communication skills. Campaigning against another candidate is not necessary.
Elections are conducted every two years and on-line only.
Citizens will be able to select up to ten people that they would like to see elected. This number will vary depending on the regions total number of elected representatives (see electoral reform).
Citizens will be able to vote for any number of them they choose, to a maximum number of ten.
The election process will elect the top vote-receiving candidate(s) within their region until they meet the limit as designated for each area .
Candidates are not assigned by electoral districts as the riding system is eliminated.
The goal of this style of voting is to get the people into office who will bring forward the issues that citizens want to see tabled during the next parliamentary session.
It is no longer the government's prerogative to set the agenda.
Sitting Members of the House will be rated continuously by the general public for their performance.
The score that the Member has received will always be public information. If the person has a score of over 95%, then they will not have to stand for re-election. They will automatically have the option to stay for another 2 year period.
If the Member scores less than 95%, then they will have to run.
Keep in mind, Members are being evaluated on their ability to manage the Engaged Democracy process, not legislative success. Those who meet deadlines, bring in the right people, collect the information and process it properly, should receive consistently high scores. Politics will never enter the equation in terms of someone's employment.
If members are unable to perform their role, for a period of 30 days, they will be replaced in a by-election. No open position will be left vacant.
If after an extended period, the individual in question is able to return, then the House will operate with extra resources until the time of the next election, when the number of elected members will return to the assigned limit (see electoral reform).
Each candidate will do their campaigning on-line and in person only.
There will be a section inside EDDIE where all the candidates are listed in a comparative manner and by filters. The objective of the citizen is to find person(s) who proposethe agenda issues that they would like to see tabled in the future.
There will also be relevant information as to why that person is qualified to be a member. The focus will be on organizational skills, communication and leadership. Educational and job experience are less important. The goal is to identify citizens who are passionate about government and the issues they are going to champion.
The whole system is designed on a spirit of meritocracy.
There is no need to spend money on advertising of any sort. Nor will campaigning against other people be part of the process.