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MPs oppose opening of Selection Committee before legislative process

(Last Updated On: December 19, 2015)

Afghanistan-Parliment

Lawmakers say that inauguration of the Electoral Selection Committee is violating the law as the law of Formation and Authorization of the Electoral Commissions is still under review of the Lower House of the Parliament.

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi – the Lower House Speaker said on Saturday,” The law is scheduled to be discussed on Wednesday, and the work of this commission is illegal, they have to wait either the house decides to approve or reject the law”.

But the Selection Committee has organized about two consultative sessions yet and they are planning to start practical actions on the upcoming Sunday to select the candidates.

“In my knowledge and experience, we will be able to select the candidates and introduce them to the office of the President in more or less than one month,” Nayeem Ayoubzada a member of the Electoral Selection Committee said.

A number of the lawmakers asked President Ghani on Saturday session to prevent the committee; otherwise, the next election will be illegitimate.

“The work of this committee is against the law, they will take the next elections into a crisis,” Kamal Nasir Osoli, a member of the house from Khowst province said.

Munawar Shah Bahadori another MP from western Herat province criticized,” a number of the commissions in the parliament have pawned the law, they are acting based on their personnel and party benefit.”

Reforms in the electoral system was one of the main pre-condition for the formation of the National Unity Government of Afghanistan, but after one year no reform have been implemented yet.

Reported by: Farshad Saleh

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