Reform panel to submit 2nd set of suggestions in 20 days
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) on Monday said it would share more suggestions about electoral reforms including switching to parallel ‘mixed’ and List Proportional Representation (List PR) election systems with the government in next three weeks.
ERC head Shah Sultan Akefi told a meeting involving representatives from women’s rights groups that 60 percent of people could not elect their representatives to the Wolesi Jirga by Single Non-Transferable Vote (SNTV) election system and therefore the system should be changed to a different voting system.
He said the reform commission in its first set of suggestions had preferred the parallel vote system in order to allow political parties to take part in election process.
After some circles criticised the parallel system suggested by the ERC, Akefi said they studied the List PR system, which he said would be recommended to the government in their next set of suggestions.
Under a List Proportional Representation (List PR) system, each party or grouping presents a list of candidates for a multi-member electoral district, the voters cast vote for a party, and parties receive seats in proportion to their overall share of the vote.
ERC deputy head Sediqullah Tawhidi about the delay in the launch of the selection committee said members of the committee had been introduced and they would start work after meeting President Ashraf Ghani.
“There is no reason to further delay the selection committee launch,” he said, adding the ERC was also waiting for the committee to start its work soon that could help in implementation of the ERC suggestions.
He said further delay in launching the selection committee could also postpone the Wolesi Jirga elections.
The selection committee would evaluate applications for membership of the electoral bodies and then introduce 21 candidates as members of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and 15 as members of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to the president.
Out of these candidates, the president would select seven members for the IEC and five members for the IECC. The incumbent IEC and IECC members maintain their removal would be against the law.
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