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Massoud urges party-based parliamentary polls

Massoud urges party-based parliamentary polls

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Apr 30, 2016 - 19:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President’s special envoy for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Saturday demanded political parties-based parliamentary elections by bringing amendments to the Constitution.

Addressing a gathering marking the 25th anniversary of the Mujahideeninfo-icon Victory Day, Massoud said for greater political participation, political parties’ representation in the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon was a must.

Government officials, political figures and jihadi personalities were present on the occasion.

On upcoming Wolesi Jirga polls, the president special envoy said: “Political stability requires greater political participation. Without involving political forces, the system cannot succeed; therefore, for durable stability, it is as necessary to empower political parties in the country.”

“We need to create a political system in the country if we want stability. The powers of the president and prime minister can be authorised by political parties within parliament,” he believed.

About the incumbent government, he said it was resulted from a political agreement, which could possibly break anytime.

Afghanistaninfo-icon current election system is based on single non-transferable vote or (SNTV) in which each voter casts one vote for one candidate in a multi-candidate race for multiple offices.

But according to Massoud, there should be a constituency-based system wherein multiple candidates from a single constituency contest elections.

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