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Lawmakers accuse colleagues of selling votes

Lawmakers accuse colleagues of selling votes

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Jul 15, 2019 - 20:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Monday alleged selling and buying votes had put on hold the election to elect members of parliamentary commissions.

The lower house on Saturday elected chiefs, deputies and secretaries of its seven commissions and announced to elect the remaining 10 commissions in two days.

The seven commissions include telecommunications, culture, public healthinfo-icon, youths, justice, environmentinfo-icon and nationally economy.

The financial, budgetary, internal security, complaints hearing,  telecommunication commissions, defence, natural resources, womeninfo-icon affairs, human rights, health, sportsinfo-icon, central audit, counternarcotics, privileges and impunity of lawmakers, legislative affairs and Kochi affairs commissions are yet to be elected.

However, a number of lawmakers on Monday claimed the election of these commissions could not be held because selling and buying of lawmakers votes was underway.

Kuchiinfo-icon tribe lawmaker Mirwais Balkhi said those who had money could become chairmen of the parliamentary bodies. He claimed one vote was sold for 30000 dollars in the telecom commission.

Lawmaker Shinkai Karokhel from Kabul said it was unfortunate that money was considered instead of one’s leadership abilities.

“I don’t know the price of a vote and no one could dare to offer me bribe, but evidence shows rich people obtained the chairmanship.”

Without naming anyone, lawmaker from Khost province Kamal Nasir Osoli claimed more than 200 lawmakers had sold their votes for 10000 to 20000 dollars during the election of commissions’ administrative boards.

Outspoken lawmaker Ramazan Bashardost lamented that votes were cast in election of commissions on the basis of money, ethnic and political affiliations.

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