Voting against the party line

Despite partisan calls urging deputies to vote along party lines during yesterday’s parliamentary ballot on constitutional revision, many MPs made use of Article 60 that gives them the right to express their opinion freely and to vote according to their conscience. However, they only did so regarding three articles of the Constitution which will, as a result, be exempted from the upcoming revision. They are Article 58, concerning the number of deputies on the state list, as well as articles 55 and 56, which outline the eligibility rules. We must of course welcome the fact that a considerable number of deputies chose to use their constitutional right to express their views in Parliament free from external constraints. However, things would be better if they did so with other issues that fall outside their vested interests.