EWA ViewpointonRecent Position of Parliament overPresidential Decree on Electoral Reform
Press Release Tuesday 12.06. 2015 Rejection of the presidential decree on electoral reform by Wolesi Jirga -- the lower house once again increased the concernswhich earlier the Election Watch Organization of Afghanistan (EWA) had raised that there no political well for conducting parliamentary elections.
The yesterday’s decision indicated that parliament; a responsible organ has no clear and decisive well for electoral reforms as government.
EWA believes that if this stalemate prolonged, the country’s new democracy will plunge in numerous troubles, which will undermine government and parliament’s legitimacy further.
For this purpose, EWA insists on below points:
- The government and parliament should push for a serious cooperation through the establishment of a joint work-committee in attempt to pave the ground for actual and non-political electoral reforms.
- If the government and parliament fail to reach a conclusion about the legislative decree on electoral reforms, the President and Chief Executive Officer should seek other legal ways of solution.
- Civil Society, Media Outlets and Political Elites are required to intensify efforts as a joint pressure-force for defending democratic processes.
- The International Community is also required to continue its commitments toward strengthening democracy in Afghanistan.
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