How are policies created in DDIP?
DDIP is ‘The Collective Thinking Party of Britain’ and all policies are created through debates on our purpose built Members Forum. Any member can put forward a policy idea by starting a new thread in the policies section of the members forum, all members then have an equal opportunity to put forward there own opinions on this idea. Should the debate then progress to the stage that a policy can be drafted, it is done so and then put back to the membership for further debate to iron out the creases. It is then put to a members vote before adoption.
The policy is moved to the Members Polls section of the forum and all members are notified via email that there is a policy vote. Each member then has seven days to login and make their vote. They can do this from anywhere in the world on a smartphone, tablet, etc. After the seven days the poll is closed and the results are revealed. If more than 50% of the total number of members who have voted, voted in favour of the policy then it is adopted, if not it returns to the policy boards for further debates.
The beauty of our system is the members get to vote on everything in the party and the majority decide the outcome. As an example of our voting system we duplicated the UKIP 90 candidate NEC election, members could login in and chose up to 7 out of the 90 candidates (if they tried to choose more than 8 it was rejected and they were given the opportunity to vote again). Once a member submitted a valid vote, their account was removed from the ballot and they were shown the result. We have left this example running so all new members can use it to get a feel for our voting system. Now when UKIP did this election, they had the cost of sending out all the ballot papers and then they hired a hall in Derby, they then asked volunteers to go there (at their own cost) to do the count. This is when they found out there were simply not enough hours in the day to complete the count, so had to do it all again the following weekend. Our system is so much easier as the count is done by the system and it involves no costs to the party or the membership whatsoever.
DDIP empowers its membership to shape party policies, structure and direction and members forum not only connects every member, allowing equal opportunity for all members to involve themselves in the debates, it also has a voting system that ensures that every decision made is done so with the consent of a majority decision of the membership.
DDIP really is Direct Democracy in action within the party and our member are already loving the way it is working towards creating a real party of the people, where opinions are valued more than financial contributions.