Remote Deliberation in the Maldives: Adapting to Virtual Parliamentary Sessions Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
About the People's Majlis of Maldives. Written on March, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to governments worldwide. In response to these challenges, various sectors, including legislative bodies, were forced to adapt and find ways to continue functioning amidst the health crisis. One such example is the People's Majlis of the Republic of the Maldives, which adopted a virtual chamber model to continue conducting plenary sessions remotely. This essay aims to discuss the experience of the Maldives in implementing remote deliberation, highlighting the challenges faced, solutions adopted, and lessons learned throughout the process.