Senate again asks govt to specify election date
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of members of Mesharano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday urged government to specify date for holding Wolesi Jirga (WJ) and district council elections simultaneously.
In line with constitution, WJ election should have been conducted one or two months earlier and the newly-elected members must have taken charge from June 22.
The law also says that members of the district councils should be elected through ballot but no elections had been conducted for district councils from the past 12 years.
Zalmai Zabuli, a lawmaker from Zabul province, said: “Date for holding WJ and district council election be specified.”
Article 110 of the constitution says that Loya Jirga is the highest entity reflecting people’s wishes, comprising members of parliament, provincial and district councils.
Chairman Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar urged unity government to immediately set dates for elections of WJ and district councils.
He, however, said that president had started consultations with members of parliament and other institutions to conduct WJ elections.
WJ member Abdul Qader Zazai who was present at a meeting with the president last night said that keeping in mind the security and economic situations of the country, conducting WJ election was not possible before May 2016.
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