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Decrees on election reforms: 7 senators named for parliamentary team

Decrees on election reforms: 7 senators named for parliamentary team

Jul 12, 2016 - 15:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon on Tuesday introduced seven of its members for a joint parliamentary delegation tasked with deciding the fate of the presidents’ legislative decrees on electoral reforms.

Following detailed discussions, the upper house elected Hasibullah Kalimzai, Maulviinfo-icon Mohiuddin Munsif, Mohammad Hassan Hotak, Farhad Sakhi, Aziz Musleh, Anarkali Hunaryar and Seddiqa Balkhi as members of the team.

A day earlier, Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi said the lower house would introduce its members for the delegation after the Meshrano Jirga named the seven senators.

Election reforms are a key point of the agreement on establishing the national unity government. The president twice issued the legislative decrees in this regard, but the Wolesi Jirga rejected them.

The first decree was thrown out by the Meshrano Jirga, too, but the second one was approved on June 28.Due to differences over the approval of the decrees, the issue has been referred to the parliamentary team.

Article 100 of the constitution says: “If one house rejects decisions of the other, a joint commission comprised of an equal number of members from each shall be formed to resolve the differences. The decision of the commission, after endorsement by the president, shall be enforced.”

“If the joint commission does not solve the differences, the decision shall be considered rejected. In such a situation, the House of People shall pass it with two-thirds majority in its next session. This decision, without submission to the House of Elders, shall be promulgated once endorsed by the president,” the article adds.


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