Joint Workshop Series of Pakistani and Afghan Parliamentarians

Parliamentary Oversight of the Executive


Publication No: PD-108

Rs 3,000  

Legislatures embody the will of the people to be governed under a democratic system. With the spread of democracy and the rise of multiparty political system, these bodies are playing larger roles in government. Parliament’s oversignt of the executive is an accepted principle of democratic norms. The importance of parliamentary oversight as a tool in monitoring the executive branch of government is increasingly becoming important for ensuring government transparency and accountability. Parliamentary oversight in a democratic set up is underpinned by the philosophy of checks and balances through which the elected representatives can keep a watch on what the Executive is doing and discussing in the Parliament and providing the Executive with their feedback. Any country having weak “Parliamentary Oversight” mechanisms may find it difficult to ensure that the rights of its citizen’s are fully protected.