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ACSEN suggests WJ work period be extended

ACSEN suggests WJ work period be extended

Jun 17, 2015 - 16:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan Civil Societyinfo-icon Election Network (ACSEN) on Wednesday suggested extending the period of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament in larger interest of the country.

The ACSEN urged government to seek legal advice following differences over interpretation of article 83rd of the constitution.

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

Only three days remained for working period of Wolesi Jirga to end but people definition of the article vary. Political experts say that continuation of work period of the Jirgainfo-icon beyond June 22 was completely illegal.

However, lawmakers take the meaning of the article differently, they stress the current house members should continue their work until new members were introduced.

The ACSEN said extending period of Wolesi Jirga’s members for a clear period of time was in interest of the country.

The president should confirm if the commission and the court approved the extension of the work period of the Wolesi Jirga, ACSEN officials said.

A member of ACSEN Sadiqullah Tawhidi stressed on finding legal ways for extension of current lawmakers’ work period and said that reforms to the elections should be implemented soon.

Any kind of delay in bringing reforms to electoral system represents that President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah were not committed to their promises.

The Presidential Palace had said that Ghani had committed for bringing reforms to electoral system and the new commission would start work next week.

Another member of ACSEN, Humaira Saqib also said that national unity government had pledged to work on the election reforms but the promises would be materialized yet.



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