Should the power of parties decrease?

May we pose the question of whether our current party-based system of deciding Parliamentary seats is still viable 30 years after independence?  Is the time fast approaching where there needs to be a plebiscite on whether parties should decide on law makers, particularly in local elections, or whether the people in a community have the right to choose who they want to represent them, regardless of national parties and party-politics?  

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