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Speaker election: Probe panel to announce result tomorrow

Speaker election: Probe panel to announce result tomorrow

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May 21, 2019 - 19:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some members of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of Parliament on Tuesday said the 27-member delegation tasked with resolving dispute over the speaker’s election will announce its decision tomorrow (Wednesday).

Earlier, a 15-member delegation comprised supporters of the two leading candidates for the speaker’s slot and five neutral members had been tasked to resolve the controversy over the speaker election process.

But some lawmakers termed the delegation as illegal as it did not enjoy endorsement of the house.

On last Thursday, lawmakers Mir Rahman Rahmani, Mirwais Yasini, Kamal Naser Osuli and Omar Nasir contested for the speaker post.

However, none could bag enough votes to become speaker of the house and the ballot went to a second round, which was deferred to Sunday.

Mir Rahman and Osuli, who received the highest numbers of votes on Thursday, were in the run for the slot in the second round of voting.

Atta Mohammad Dehqanpor, provisional speaker, said there were 247 lawmakers present in the house and a candidate was required to collect 124 votes to win the seat.

After two days of tussle among lawmakers, the lower house has assigned a 27-member delegation, including 10 members of an earlier delegation, to resolve the dispute.

Mirwais Yasini, a lawmaker from eastern Nangarhar province, told media persons at the Wolesi Jirga hall that investigation into the Archives and recorded videos of the election process was underway and the Wolesi Jirga committee to investigate the tension will announce its result tomorrow.

Yasini, who is not the member of the committee, called for an end to the ongoing impasse and said investigating the archives would resolve the issue.

Khan Agha Rezaee, a member of the elected committee, said probing the archives and videos of the election process was underway and they would complete their mission by tomorrow.

Kamal Naser Osuli told media persons he would accept any decision based on the Constitution and principles of the house internal procedures.

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