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Announcing Rahmani as WJ speaker turns controversial

Announcing Rahmani as WJ speaker turns controversial

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May 18, 2019 - 18:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The election of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament speaker turned controversial on Saturday after a five-member delegation declared Mir Rahman Rahmani as winner of the post despite falling below the threshold.

Legal experts say none of the two candidates for the Wolesi Jirga speaker slot could be declared a winner after both were unable to receive 50 percent plus one votes.

On Thursday, Mir Rahman Rahmani, a lawmaker from Parwan province, Mirwais Yasini, a lawmaker from Nangarhar province, Kamal Naser Ausoli from Khost and Omar Nasir from Herat were candidates for the post.

However, none received enough votes to become a winner and the voting went to a second round which was deferred to Saturday (today).

Two lawmakers, Mir Rahman Rahmani and Kamal Naser Ausoli who received the highest numbers of votes on Thursday were candidates for the position in the second round of voting today.

Atta Mohammad Dehqanpor, temporary Wolesi Jirga speaker, at the beginning said there were 247 lawmakers present in the house and each candidate was required to collect 124 votes to win the seat.

Based on the results announced after the voting, Rahmani received 123 votes and Ausoli 55 votes, but none were able to win. Fifty-three votes were declared invalid and 13 were empty.

A number of lawmakers said Rahmani had met the 50 plus one vote threshold and was winner but others said a winner must receive 50 percent plus one vote from lawmakers present in the house.

Finally Atta Mohammad Dehqanpor created a team of five lawmakers comprised of Kamal Naser Ausoli, Nazir Ahmad Hanafi, Seddiq Ahmad Osmani and Abdul Qader Zazai to help him make a decision on the regard.

After an hour of discussion with the mentioned lawmakers, Dehqanpor announced Mir Rahman Rahmani as winner of the speaker post.

He said 244 lawmakers had cast their votes and the candidate who received 123 votes was winner.

However, a number of lawmakers opposed announcing Rahmani as winner for the speaker seat. The Wolesi Jirga session was concluded after Rahmani was announced winner.

Dehqanpor later introduced Rahmani to the speaker office and said there was no legal problem in the voting process.

On the other hand, a number of legal experts say both the candidates had failed to win the voting today.

Abdul Kabir Ranjbar, a legal expert and a former lawmaker, told Pajhwok Afghan News that neither Rahmani nor Ausoli were winners of today’s voting for the lower house speaker as none was able to receive 50 plus one vote. He said those who did not vote could be counted as invalid or white votes.

Shahla Farid, a university lecturer, said a candidate who received 50 percent plus one votes cast by the lawmakers present could be a winner. She also said none of the two candidates were winners in today’s voting.

Earlier, Atta Mohammad Dehqanpor, temporary Wolesi Jirga speaker, said at the beginning of today’s session there were 247 lawmakers present in the house and each candidate was required to collect 124 votes to win the seat.

Later Kamal Naser Ausoli and Mirwais Yasini rejected the result while speaking to media persons at the Parliament hall and added they would keep protesting in this regard.

 “I wittiness different types of corruption and it was for the first time that public mandate in the Wolesi Jirga is stolen by a group of thieves,” Ausoli further added.

He said one vote was sold for $10,000 and today $ 3 million distributed among the lawmakers.

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