Provincial councils barred from overseeing local departments
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house, on Wednesday reiterated its stance that provincial councils did not reserve the right to supervise or evaluate the performance of local departments.
Last year, the assembly amended the relevant law wresting the right from the provincial councils to supervise provincial departments.
Mir Dad Khan Najrabi, head of the house security commission, said the draft law had been sent in to the Senate, which decided to empower the councils to evaluate the performance of local departments.
But later the draft law was placed before a joint lower house and Senate panel. Najrabi recalled the joint panel had approved to empower the provincial councils to monitor local departments but the president rejected the measure.
Of the 197 lawmakers present, 147 cast their votes against empowering provincial councils to supervise the local departments. If differences between the two houses emerge on a draft law, equal numbers from both chambers appoint a joint panel to remove them.
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