Some MPs more interested in overseas jobs: FEFA
KABUL (Pajhwok): An election watchdog on Sunday said some bills after landing in the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) could not be approved due to political favoritism and the lack of a proper system. The group said some lawmakers were more interested in leaving abroad for jobs than addressing people’s problems during summer and winter vacations.
The Free and Fair Election Foundation (FEFA) officials expressed these views while explaining the lower house’s last six months performance.
During the period, the house held 56 sessions including the inaugural, one special session, one in-camera session, five hearing sessions, 16 summon sessions and 32 general sessions.
Naeem Asghari, program in-charge at FEFA, hailed the lower house for approving some laws, monitoring government’s performance and representing the public in true means.
He said lawmakers took stance on public issues, but failed to cooperate properly with the government in resolving these problems.
Asghari cited lack of proper mechanism and political favoritism as reasons behind pending legislative drafts, saying the salary management draft, water management draft and some other drafts still awaited approval.
FEFA findings show the house has rejected the amended version of the money laundering law, the procurement and higher education drafts.
Yousuf Rashid, FEFA executive director, said the Wolesi Jirga should focus on the pending drafts and decide their fate.
Lawmakers welcomed the FEFA report and said the incumbent parliament had performed well compared to the previous one.
Nasima Niazi, a lawmaker from southern Helmand province, said the house had approved many law and reflected people’s grievances despite problems and difficulties.
She said compared to the previous house, the current house faced more problems and more pressure from the government.
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