The Interception of Communications Bill and the National Intelligence Agency Bill were tabled in the House of Assembly last week. The bills are new versions of laws drafted in the last administration and have received backlash from civil society groups for their controversial content and for being tabled without any prior consultation.
Public consultation is crucial to creating effective laws and policies that respond to the needs of citizens. Broadening the number of people who review a bill not only creates better laws, it reduces the cost of implementation and enforcement by getting the buy-in of the public.
In a meeting with The Organization for Responsible Governance, Our Carmicheal, The National L.E.A.D. Institute, and We March, The Attorney General and his team stated their intentions to host an open consultation process on both bills before parliamentary debate, promising an information campaign over multiple platforms and public forums on New Providence and Grand Bahama.
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