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Deputy speaker election yields no clear winner

Deputy speaker election yields no clear winner

Mar 05, 2011 - 15:24

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon failed to elect its first deputy speaker for a second time on Saturday when five runners for the slot could not win the required number of votes.

The candidates included Khalid Pakhtun from Kandahar, Qazi Rahila Saleemi from Panjsher, Fatima Nazari from Kabul and Ustad Mohammad Sarwar Fayez from Badghis.

None could win more than 50 percent of the votes. As many as 222 MPs were present in a house of 249. A contestant had to muster at least 112 votes for an outright victory.

The high number of votes, 102, went to Pakhtun. Rahila Saleemi got 57 votes, while Fatima Nazari obtained 18 and Fayed 29.Seven of the ballots were declared invalid and eight were found blank.

Under the relevant rules, two people could run for three times for the deputy speaker. If they fail to win the required 50 percent plus one vote in the three rounds, new contenders enter the race.

The second deputy speaker of the house, Ahmad Behzad who presided over the session, said the final round of voting would again take place on Sunday between Pakhtun and Saleemi.

The first round was conducted a week back, but there was no clear result.


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