Wait until decree is decided, MPs tell selection body
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday insisted the Selection Committee’s work to recommend commissioners on the two electoral bodies should be delayed until the fate of a presidential decree in this regard was decided.
The selection committee is due to start its work and appoint administrative board next week after meeting the unity government leaders.
The committee was formed in light of recommendations from the Electoral Reform Commission that had presented the first set of its suggestions to the president in 10 articles and the president had decreed seven of them.
The decreed articles include the formation of the selection committee, the preparation of voter lists on the basis of electronic identity cards, a review of polling stations, reduction in the number of members of election commissions and increasing the presence of women on provincial and district councils up to 25 percent and others.
The presidential decree calls for amendments to the electoral law and the law on composition and powers of the two electoral bodies.
The remaining three articles of the ERC suggestions include changes in the electoral system, shrinking constituencies and the creation of a transparent committee.
Kamal Nasir Osoli, a lower house member from southeastern Khost province, on Saturday told the house session that until the fate of the presidential decree was unknown, the selection committee’s work would be illegal.
He asked the unity government leaders to stop the committee from starting its work because the previous electoral law was in effect and nothing should be done against that law.
Similar views were expressed by several other lawmakers. They said the selection committee should defer its work until the fate of the presidential decree was decided by the parliament.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said until the presidential decree on the electoral law and the selection committee’s composition and powers was not decided in the house, anything done by the selection committee would be illegal.
The speaker said the Wolesi Jirga’s commission of panel heads would include in the agenda on Wednesday discussions about the law on composition and powers of the Independent Election Commission, the Complaints Commission and amendments to some articles of the electoral law.
“If the selection committee starts its work before the presidential decree is decided, it will be illegal,” Ibrahimi remarked.
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