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Lawmakers want parliamentary polls on time

Lawmakers want parliamentary polls on time

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May 11, 2015 - 18:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Monday stressed parliamentary election should take place on time otherwise the national assembly would lose legitimacy.

Based on article 83 of the constitution, elections for members of the house of people shall be held 30-60 days prior to the expiration of the term of the incumbent lawmakers.

Based on the article, the next parliamentary elections should have taken place this month or the next. The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) has said the ballot might be postponed due to lack of funds.

Lawmaker Zekria Zekria told parliament’s general session the elections should be held on time or the parliament would lose legitimacy. He also urged the president to specify election’s date.

Abdul Satar Khawasi, another lawmaker, claimed Americans intentionally wanted the government to lose legitimacy and now they wanted the parliament to meet the same fate. “Government’s weakness is our weakness. Why the electoral reforms commission was formed but still has not started its work? It’s all America’s conspiracies.”

“I ask members of parliament to draw a red line for the government to specify elections date,” he added.

Ghulam Hussein Naseri, legislator from Maidan Wardak, said: “The government has no intention of conducting polls on time.”He asked the administrative board to take up the issue with the government.

Lower House speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi underlined elections should be held as per established law, urging leaders to respect the constitution and specify the elections date.

“Formation of unity government was not in line with constitution, if the parliament also faces the same fate then it will lose legitimacy,” he noted.

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