What Is Presidential Ordinance Power?

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In most democracies, the president is given authority which is known as ordinance power, which describes the president’s authority to issue executive orders. These orders are usually given in a bid to help other members of government carry out their duties in a more effective manner, since they have been given the authority to do so by the head of state.

Ordinance power is authority that is granted by the constitution as well as by acts of parliament. For this reason, it usually has the full backing of the law. This means that the people carrying it out do so within the bounds of the law. However, this does not mean that such orders are not subject to regulation. The judiciary has the right to review the executive orders, and if it is determined that they are against the law, then they can be struck down. In this manner, the judiciary is then able to prevent the president from abusing his or her ordinance powers. In most parts of the world, the citizens have the right to challenge such orders in court as well, particularly if they think that they are impinging on their rights. In a few instances, the power to issue executive orders can also be delegated to other parties. However, this is very rare.