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3 more parliamentary panels elected

3 more parliamentary panels elected

Mar 12, 2011 - 18:48

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon (lower house of Parliament) on Saturday elected members of three more parliamentary panels amid criticism from some lawmakers over the voting procedure.

The parliamentarians elected commissions on natural resources and environmentinfo-icon, central investigation and supervision of the implementation of the constitution and defence.

Under the relevant rules, the Wolesi Jirga should have 18 commissions. With statuary's elections, the number of parliamentary panels has reached 11.

Some MPs assailed the voting procedure for the seven bodies elected previously and called for the re-elections. Mohammad Mohaqiq, a public representative from Kabul, said members of the panels must be elected on the basis of their profession and experience.

He saw political expediency behind the commissions chosen on March 8, alleging all legislators were approached for votes, which was against the Wolesi Jirga code of conduct.

Another MP from Kabul, Sayed Hussain Alimi Balkhi, said there was no transparency in the elections and some commission members were elected despite failing to obtain the required number of votes.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi called for an early completion of the process so as Parliament could focus its attention on addressing problems of the country. He said elections of remaining four commissions would be conducted during the next session.


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