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A process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the governing body.

The purpose of an initiative, which is a type of election commenced and carried out by the people, is to permit the electorate to resolve questions where their elected representatives fail to do so or refuse to proceed with a change that the public desires.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

INITIATIVE, French law. The name given to the important prerogative given by the charte constitutionelle, art. 16, to the late king to propose through his ministers projects of laws. 1 Toull. n. 39. See Veto.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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After organizing Baby Olympics events in Karachi and Islamabad, Pampers Premium Care concluded this extremely popular initiative at a three-day Baby Olympics event in Lahore.
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This can be done only through giving more powers to the President," Kulov said.In accordance with the Constitution, it can not be amended by the parliament within 10 years, but the Constitution can be amended through the popular initiative, Felix Kulov suggested.The President should handle foreign and domestic policy issues, ensure independence of courts, but should not interfere into minor economic issues, which are in the sphere of responsibilities of the government.Felix Kulov recalled that he suggested gradual transition of Kyrgyzstan to the parliamentary system in 2002.
In an over whelming response to one of POGO's most popular initiative, the "Bheem ki Team" contest managed to garner 1.25 lakh entries and we are extremely happy to announce the winners from different parts of India.
FOE campaign coordinator, Cam Walker, comments that it will be a popular initiative among the millions of Victorians who are looking for strong leadership on climate change.
In writing for us about the West Kent Schools Themed Book Awards, Anne Whiteley introduces her article with the question: 'Why another book award?' She then proceeds to tell us why, and describes a hugely successful and popular initiative that readers will relate to and find encouragement in.
The screen favourite has boosted the popular initiative launched by the UK's leading dementia research charity, which has already won wide public support.
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Sheila Newbury, Deloitte community investment co-ordinator, said: "The reading day has proved to be a popular initiative with the children and teachers at Christ Church Primary School.
The state's independent redistricting commission was established by popular initiative in 2000.
The Swiss people were asked to give their verdict about a Government counter-project to a popular initiative seeking to strength the Swiss motorway network quite significantly (Avanti initiative - in favour of safe and efficient motorways).

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