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Wolesi Jirga fails to elect administrative board

Wolesi Jirga fails to elect administrative board

Mar 09, 2016 - 20:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members vying for first and second deputy speakers slots fell short of the required threshold during the house administrative board elections on Wednesday.

Two days ago, a dozen lawmakers nominated themselves for four positions at the administrative board, but only Abdul Rauf Inami from Badakhshan could be elected as secretary.

On Tuesday, Irfanullah Irfan was elected as deputy secretary of the house by grabbing 128 votes in his favour.

Lawmakers Haji Zahir Qadir, Mirwais Yasini, Abdul Hafiz Mansoor and Abdul Qadar Zazai ran for deputy speaker position and Nazir Ahmadzai, Abdul Qayum Sajadi and Farida Hamim contested for second deputy speaker slot, but none could achieve the 50 plus one votes to secure the positions.

On Wednesday, Eng. Zakria Zakria and Humayoon Humayoon vied for deputy speaker post and Ahmad Behzad, Farhad Siddiqui and Akbar Stanikzai for second deputy speaker, according to Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.

He said from the total 216 lawmakers present, Humayoon and Zakria received 99 and 49 votes respectively while Behzad, Stanikzai and Siddiqui got 58, 40 and 59 votes respectively, with none getting the minimum votes of 109.

The voting for the deputy speaker slot went to a second round between Behzad and Siddiqui, who would compete for the slot next Saturday.

Ibrahimi said Nazifa Zaki and Mohammad Naem Hamizai Lalai had nominated themselves for the deputy speaker position.

If candidates could not secure enough votes for the positions of deputy and second deputy speakers in three rounds, the voting goes to a fourth round between two highest vote-getters in accordance with the house internal regulations.

A lawmaker from Kandahar, Abdul Rahim Ayubi, said the Wolesi Jirga could not elect its first and second deputy speakers because some MPs polled empty and invalid ballots.

“To cut deals for money and interference from in and outside are the main cause of not electing administrative board,” he said, without elaborating.


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