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New Wolesi Jirga to start work after final results

New Wolesi Jirga to start work after final results

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Feb 23, 2019 - 19:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Saturday said the new Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon-elect will be inaugurated after final results of the Oct polls are announced, but some sitting MPs say the lower house of Parliament should resume with old lawmakers after winter recess.

Article Eighty-Three says:

Members of the House of People shall be elected by the people through free, general, secret and direct balloting. The work period of the House of People shall terminate, after the disclosure of the results of the elections, on the 1st of Saratan of the fifth year and the new parliament shall commence work. The elections for members of the House of People shall be held 30-60 days prior to the expiration of the term of the House of People.

According to Article 83, the 16th legislative mandate of the Wolesi Jirga should have ended on Jan 1, 2015, but as the parliamentary elections were not held for some reasons and the President extended the parliament mandate until fresh elections.

The Wolesi Jirga elections were held on October 20, 21 in 32 provinces and a week later in southern Kandahar province. The polls in southern Ghazni province are scheduled to be simultaneously with the July presidential election.

The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) on Feb 9 issued acknowledgment letters to eighty Wolesi Jirga successful candidates from 18 provinces, at a time when the final results from 17 provinces have not yet been announced.

President Ghani on Feb 12 decreed dismissal of the heads and members of the two electoral bodies – the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) and announcing new commissioners and final results of the remaining provinces would take time.

The National Assembly’s winter break is ending on March 9 and some lawmakers say the Wolesi Jirga should continue its sessions of the 16th legislative term until final results of the Oct elections are announced, but the government says the Wolesi Jirga should resume work once the new lawmakers are introduced.

Wolesi Jirga’s Deputy Secretary Irfanullah Irfan, who failed in his reelection bid, said: “As final results of all provinces are not announced, the sessions should be started because delaying the assembly’s opening is against the law and the government should think about this.”

Hazrat Ali, a lawmaker from eastern Nangarhar province, also told a gathering that until the final results announcement, the 16th term of the Wolesi Jirga should continue.

Meanwhile, presidential spokesman Mohammad Haroon Chakhansory told a press conference today that President Ashraf Ghani would inaugurate the new parliament after final results and the Wolesi Jirga would start its work with new lawmakers.

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