Capacitation of legislators, citizen participation in the law making process and funding for constituency development are some of the critical factors for democratic governance.

The parly open day has thus been hailed for creating an ideal platform where the public can understand the role of parliaments and their place in it as citizens.

Section 117 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that the legislative authority of Zimbabwe is derived from the people.

It is against this background that public participation in the law making process becomes critical for democracy to strive.

Speaker of the national assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda said parliament will continue with their campaigns to educate citizens on the importance of their input in the law making process.

Advocate Mudenda said they are working on a legal framework to ensure constituency development funds are put to good use by all legislators.

He indicated there is need to put minimum qualifications for prospective parliamentarians in order to improve on quality of the legislative process.

Senate president, Cde Ednah Madzongwe noted capacity building programmes for female legislators are equally important to ensure women issues are addressed at all levels.

Harare legislator, Mr Zivanai Makwanya said parliamentarians must be conversant with their constitutional obligations and carry out its roles without fear or favour.

Section 119 mandates parliament to protect the constitution and promote democratic governance in Zimbabwe and this can only be achieved through proper selection process of the legislature, adhering to international standards and the upholding of the supreme law of the land.