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Govt asked to execute electoral reforms within a month

Govt asked to execute electoral reforms within a month

Mar 10, 2016 - 19:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon groups and election watchdogs on Thursday asked the government to implement electoral reforms as early as possible and dissolve the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon working beyond its constitutional mandate.

Womeninfo-icon Study for Peace, Integrity Watch Afghanistaninfo-icon (IWA), free media support organization NAI in a joint statement demanded the launch of election reforms within a month.

The joint statement, released by Mohammad Saber Fahim, a member of the IWA, said incomplete quorum and incomplete agenda for a long period and slow laws’ approval were areas where the lawmakers had failed.

“We hope the absent lawmakers will be exposed to the people so they realise how much their representatives are responsible,” the statement said.

The lawmakers were requested to develop a mechanism in order to control absenteeism so that sessions could be proceeded legally.

The civil society members expressed their concern over the delay in approval of legislative decrees, saying such decrees should not be delayed for a long time.

Shah Mahmood Mal, member of the IWA, said the current term of the Wolesi Jiga was illegal and in the most previous sessions 115 to 125 lawmakers had been present from among the total 250 MPs.

He said the 12-member panel sessions had been attended by only three members and had approved decisions.

Mal called a challenge the rejection of presidential decrees on electoral reforms by the lower house, demanding implementation of electoral reforms within a month. He said if the electoral reforms were not implemented, the coming parliamentary elections would be just a show and nothing else.

Sadiqullah Tawhidi, NAI head, said the country’s election system could be reformed through the two packages the Election Reform Commission (ERC) had submitted to the government.

He claimed some figures within the government did not want free, fair and transparent future elections in the country.

He said the president had issued his second legislative decree on electoral reform, but a copy of the decree was yet to reach the media.


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