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Govt determined to hold parliamentary election soon: Ibrahimi

Govt determined to hold parliamentary election soon: Ibrahimi

Jun 15, 2015 - 18:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said on Monday members of lowers house would continue work till holding of parliamentary elections.

The sitting lawmakers have legitimate right to keep working, he said, adding the government was striving to hold Wolesi Jirga ballot soon.

According to Ibrahimi, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was not against active role of lower house beyond its legal term and was a staunch supporter of holding polls as soon as possible.

“During our recent meeting, the president issue five days ultimatum to the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) to present the draft regarding electoral reforms,” the speaker informed.

He asked leaders of unity government to discharge their constitutional duty and swiftly set a date for parliamentary election.

Abbas Ibrahimzada, a lawmaker from Balkh, province said the government promised eight months earlier electoral reforms but no practical steps could be taken in this regard.

He said nobody could force Wolesi Jirga members to leave chairs and shut the house until new elections were conducted.

Hamidullah Tokhi, a lawmaker from Zabul province, stressed on early conduct of Wolesi Jirga election, but said the sitting members would continue work.

Another Lawmaker Shukria Barakzai said: “In line with constitution, the president and supreme court don’t have the power to take decision about future of lower house when it continues working beyond its legal term.”

Earlier, the president had said fate of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament would be decided as per constitution and developing national consensus.

Article 83 of the constitution states: “The constitutionally mandated tenure of the house of people shall terminate after the disclosure of the results of the election, on the 1st of Saratan (22 June), and the new parliament shall commence work.”






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