Approval of Draft Law On Electoral Reforms To Ease Wolesi Jirga, District Councils’ Elections, CE Abdullah

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah on Tuesday insisted on holding Wolesi Jirga and district councils’ elections, saying approval of the draft law on electoral reforms would pave the ground for the democratic exercise.
Speaking at a gathering on ‘Evaluation of general suggestions for amendments to the constitution’, CE Abdullah said one of the important points of the political agreement on the National Unity Government was electoral reforms.
He said the way for the Wolesi Jirga and district councils’ elections had been opened after the cabinet approval of the draft election law. The cabinet approved the draft, underlining the imperative of a single-seat system at polling stations. “Another important pledge of the government is convening a Loya Jirga, but the time is not right for it because of the upcoming elections. We hope the Jirga will be held after the elections,” the Chief Executive added.
Under the 2014 agreement, the grand assembly of tribal elders was expected to convene to amend the constitution within two years, allowing Dr. Abdullah to take the post of Prime Minister.
The Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies released one of its latest research report titled: “Afghanistan’s constitution and the society in transition”.
This study’s major objective was to assess the public level of awareness on the constitution’s content and major provisions and getting the reforming and adjusting views and recommendations for possible amendment of the constitution.  According to the center, ten provinces including Badakhshan, Balkh, Bamyan, Ghazni, Ghor, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz and Nangarhar were chosen due to their political and social importance in four main zones.
The Institute began study in early 2016, and has made its efforts to collect and reflex ordinary people, experts and interest groups points or view in regards of constitution amendment.  The study has focused on three fundamental issues: public awareness on current constitution, constitution assessment, and amendatory-adjustment points of view in regards of constitution.

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