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Wolesi Jirga to intervene in electoral deadlock

Wolesi Jirga to intervene in electoral deadlock

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Dec 04, 2019 - 17:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Wednesday called the establishment of an interim government as illegal and stressed dialogue, saying the lower house would take action to break the election deadlock.

The presidential election was held on September 28. Earlier the IECinfo-icon had given October 19 the date for announcement of preliminary result while November 7 for announcement of final result of the presidential election.

But due to some technical issues and problems during separation of clean and fraudulent votes, the IEC could not announce the result on its due date.

On October 27, the IEC said that primary result of the presidential election would be announced on November 14, but the commission again delayed the date for an indefinite time.

A number of presidential candidates have proposed the creation of a provisional government while others suggest a power-sharing government to overcome the electoral crisis.

Sayed Ahmad Khadim, a Wolesi Jirga member form Kandahar province, told today’s session: “A number of failed candidates have developed a plan to make a power sharing government, we have seen the result of this type of government and we will not let this happen again just to please some failed candidates.”

He called the creation of a power sharing government as against the law, saying it was not important who won the election but announcing the result of the election was important in order the new president could start his work.

Ghulam Hussain Naseri, a lawmaker from Kabul, said that ‘a number of failed candidates and those who embezzled national wealth under former president Hamid Karzai’wanted to create a partnership or interim government.

“People would not let this happen again, people are not sold to leaders to sacrifice all their achievements,” he added.

He asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to announce the preliminary result of the election as soon as possible.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said, “There is no place for an interim or a power sharing government in the law, the only government which is going to come would be the election-based.”

He said frequent violations of the election schedule by the IEC caused confrontation between the commission and candidates and the process was totally perverted.

Rahmani said that dialogue was the only way for ending the deadlock. He said the dialogue should be held in presence of national and international observers.

Talking to other lawmakers, he said, “We should not be silent spectators. We will respect the independence of election commissions and will intervene to the election from going to crisis.”

He said the Wolesi Jirga would soon appoint a delegation to find solution to the election problem in cooperation with presidential candidates.

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