AT-KABUL: In the aftermath of a decision by the Wolesi Jirga, the National Assembly, that banned the right of provincial council (PC) members to monitor government offices, a number of provincial council members on Monday said that majority of them have voted in favor of a new mechanism that allows them to restore their right of overseeing government departments in their related areas.
The head of Ghazni provincial council, Khaliqdad Akbari, said the new draft has been established by the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) which enables the provincial council members to oversee government offices in all over the country.
Akbari told a press conference that the seek the endorsement of the new draft as soon as possible in a bid to reopen the doors of provincial council offices in different provinces.
“Overseeing and assessing government offices is the legal right of the provincial council members; therefore, the government and the parliament house should respect and defend the right,” said Sayid Ahmad Silab, member of Kandahar provincial council.
He requested the parliament house to address the problem and restore the monitoring right of provincial council members as soon as possible.
Supporting the new draft on restoring the monitoring right of the provincial council members, Mirdad Khan Nijrabi, member of the parliament, said that based on 139th article of the Constitution, overseeing government departments is the legal right of provincial council members.
The article 139 of the Constitution says that the provincial council shall participate in the attainment of the development
Following a decision by the Wolesi Jirga that canceled the monitoring right of the provincial council members, several protests were launched countrywide and doors of provincial council offices were closed countrywide in protest of the parliamentarians’ decision.