Casablanca- A Moroccan has recently launched an online petition on Avaaz.org in which he demands the abolition of pensions granted to parliamentarians.
The petition has set as the objective reaching 7500 signers. At the time of writing, 7355 persons have already signed the petition. The person behind the petition has also created a Facebook page, which has already reached 6736 followers.
“Parliamentary representation is not a job,” justifies the petition’s text, “It is only a temporary mission.”
The petition claims that the abolition of MP’s pensions will be useful in reforming the Moroccan pension system.
“This is a national duty and an invaluable service you’ll be doing for your community,” read another segment of the petition, calling on as many Moroccans as possible to sign the petition.
It is noticeable how Moroccans have been increasingly resorting to petitions, either to claim their personal rights, to suggest reforms in various fields or ask for the abolition, reform or hardening of existent Moroccan laws.
It is argued that petition sites offer underprivileged people a voice and allow them, through the accumulation of supporters, top exert pressure on decision-makers and prompt to take people’s demands into consideration.
But are virtual petitions influential enough to push decision-makers in Morocco to come with practical solutions?