Government Stress On Wolesi Jirga’s Early Approval of Electoral Law

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Kabul (BNA) A number of lawmakers say we won’t witness establishing joint commission of National Assembly that soon and that the destiny of electoral reforms legislative decree would be cleared after summer recession.  Contrast between both houses of the parliament proves we won’t witness establishing joint commission on presidential legislative decree that soon, as senate has already confirmed the decree, but the Wolesi Jirga has rejected it. Therefore, now both houses should negotiate to put an end to this problem, with senate has introduced its representatives to the joint commission, but lower house of the parliament didn’t so far. The MPs believe some points of the electoral reforms commission have been considered in the decree that is why they won’t approve it. Dissension between Senate and Wolesi Jirga on presidential decree will cause its destiny to remain uncertain even after the summer recession.
Ten people were introduced Sunday to joint committee, but they couldn’t win the vote, because the number of those against the decree was higher. Therefore, it was agreed to decide on the matter based on percentage of those agree and oppose, as the number of those agree on decree were four, but the oppose ones were further. Thus, they have specified the percentage figure to solve the problem. The leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) stressed on the lawmakers to approve the electoral reforms law before going to the summer recession. Last week, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with UN special representative to Afghanistan said the government of Afghanistan is committed to bring electoral reforms and transparently hold parliamentary and district councils’ elections. In the meeting, which was also attended by Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the UN representative asked the government to arrange a timetable on elections. The government has already tasked two groups to work on elections financial and security sections, and it has allocated $10 million for holding elections, the president added. This is while that one of the main points of political agreement resulted in forming NUG was to reform the electoral system of the country, that is why a special commission has been established and both leaders have agreed on it.
Lailuma Noori

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