MPs asked to reverse decision in 20 days
JALALABAD (PAN): Provincial council members and candidates in eastern provinces on Wednesday strongly criticised the Wolesi Jirga for approving the provincial council law without authorising the bodies to monitor activities of government departments.
The lower house on Saturday approved the law, but refused to give the provincial councils the authority to oversee affairs of provincial government entities.
Provincial council members and candidates, who held a gathering in Nangarhar, set a 20-day ultimatum for the lower house to reverse its decision; otherwise they would not participate in the April provincial and presidential elections.
Nangarhar council member Zabihullah Zamarai told Pajhwok Afghan News Wolesi Jirga members had approved the provincial council law in an illegal manner
He said the assembly should have first declared null and void the law which had been approved by the president before passing a new law. But the Wolesi Jirga did not do that, he added.
“If public representatives have no authority to monitor government activities, administrative corruption will further increase.”
Provincial council candidate Maulvi Abdul Aziz Khairkhwa said they would not sit idle until they were given their right.
He said provincial council candidates had decided to announce a boycott of the elections if the Wolesi Jirga did not reverse its decision.
Laghman candidate Inqilabi Zawan said they were concerned about the way the provincial law was passed, saying the approval was not acceptable to them.
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