Digital Transformation and Legislative Innovation: The Case of the Milli Mejlis of Azerbaijan
About the Milli Mejlis of Azerbaijan | Written on September, 2023
The Milli Mejlis of Azerbaijan, the national legislative body of the country, has undergone a significant digital transformation since Azerbaijan gained independence in 1991. This essay critically examines the intricacies, impacts, and the future implications of this digitisation. The modernisation initiatives have covered various dimensions, from digitising legislative records to implementing audio-visual technology for real-time legislative proceedings. This analysis aims to shed light on the efficacy, shortcomings, and future prospects of these advancements.
The Evolution of Digital Infrastructure
In 1991, the Republic of Azerbaijan initiated the digitisation of the Milli Mejlis by setting up an electronic voting system. The technological adoption has since evolved, encompassing automated transcription services, audio-visual recording, and advanced legislative databases. The system has been incrementally improved to adapt to the legislative needs, making the Milli Mejlis a dynamic and adaptive institution. These changes did not only serve administrative purposes but also enhanced the transparency and accountability of the legislative process.