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Decrees rejection by parliament ‘a tactical move’

Decrees rejection by parliament ‘a tactical move’

Dec 30, 2015 - 17:28

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Civil Societyinfo-icon Forum (ACSF) on Wednesday called the rejection of presidential decrees about electoral reforms by the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon as “a tactical move” and said such decisions could plunge the country into a new crisis.

The Wolesi Jirga has recently rejected a number of presidential decrees about electoral reforms including one amending the law on responsibilities and composition of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).

However, ACSF said the parliament was a sovereign body, but its latest decisions were against the national interests.

ACSF head Azizullah Rafi told reporters here they appreciated the presidential legislative decrees about electoral reforms and that the parliament could not reject them in its last legislative year under the Constitution.

He said a way should be found to give legitimacy to the government’s political system and the business of parliament.

“Unfortunately the parliament has once again proved it is deeply involved in tactical deals,” he said, adding that parliament members were involved in such deals to preserve their semi-legitimate position.

Rafi added that the parliament with such wrong decisions would plunge the country into crisis and damage the future of democracy in Afghanistan.

“We can remove bad memories from the 2014 election crisis by bringing about reforms to the electoral system and by reviving the dignity of the process,” a statement from the SCA said.

The civil society institute said it was the parliament that first raised its voice to call for electoral reforms after the 2014 election went into crisis, but now its members were rejecting legislative decrees and putting the country in danger.

The statement questioned” “Is the parliament still have the authority to decide about future?”

A day earlier, the Afghan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN) also said that sending presidential decrees about electoral reforms to the Wolesi Jirga for approval was against the Constitution.


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