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Senate stresses early parliamentary elections

Senate stresses early parliamentary elections

May 24, 2015 - 17:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house of parliament on Sunday asked the government to conduct Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon election as soon as possible.

In a general session, the Meshrano Jirga warned legal term of parliament was about to expire and as per the law the new member of the parliament should join the lower house before the expiry of its mandated term.

Senator Safiullah Hashimi said Wolesi Jirga’s legal period would end on June 22. He urged the departments concerned and government to take steps to reform the election system and pave way for conducting parliamentary polls early.

Chairman Senate Abdul Hadi Muslimyar said the ballot should have been held long before. He blamed the government for using delay tactics in hold the elections.

Muslimyar also urged the government to work out election process and put an end to people’s concerns.

According to 83rd article of the constitution, the new members of the Wolesi Jirga should start work on June 22. The article includes the election for the lower house should be held one month ahead before the period of prior lawmakers end.



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