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Wolesi Jirga rejects president’s decree on electoral reforms

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL:  Parliament on Monday rejected presidential decree for reforms in functions and authorities of the electoral commission’s law.

IN the Monday session, lawmakers called the decree against the Constitution, which cannot ensure transparency of the next parliamentary elections.

With rejection of the decree, the government would not be able to hold parliamentary election as the two leaders had earlier vowed to amend the functions and authorities law of the electoral commissions before launching polls in the country.

Adjustment of the election law and engagement of new commissioners with advice of Abdullah Abdulla Chief Executive Officer was the important point of the presidential degree to the legislators.

MP, Abdul Qader Zazai, said that presidential decree was against Article 72 of the Constitution.

“President can issue urgent decree when lawmakers are in the vocation occasion, now there is no need to issue decree because we have election law and active commissioners and they can organize election in the country,” asserted

He claimed that if the current commissions are accused of frauds why they are not prosecuted and if commissioners were involved in the election frauds they actually served the current illegal government.

MP, Sayed Ekram from Nangarhar province said that both political leaders of the government in the decree want to share parliamentary power in the next election.

“The decree is not for reform in the electoral law, but it is for sharing of parliamentary chairs between the two leaders as they has divided the power 50+50 among each other,” he claimed.

Some legislators termed rejection of the presidential decree a great damage to nation and said that MPs should adjusted the decree instead to reject it.

“Rejection and adjustment of the laws is the legal authorities of the lawmakers, but the decree should be adjusted instead of rejection,” said MP, Abdul Hafiz Mansoor.

The presidential decree was rejected by 126 presence lawmakers and 27 other showed green cards. It is the second time they refused the presidential decree on reforms in electoral law.

Legally the formal tenure of Wolesi Jirga has been terminated, but it continues to its duty based on a presidential decree.

Before the Independent Election Commission announced that they would hold the parliamentary and district council election in the 15 October of the current year.

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