FEFA released its parliamentary monitoring findings of the 13th session of parliament
The free and fair election forum of Afghanistan released its parliamentary monitoring findings in a round table in the existence of media. At starting Mr. Eng. Naeem Asghari the program manager at FEFA stated that "In additions to observing election and bringing electoral reforms, FEFA equally observes the sessions in the national council of Afghanistan. Subsequentally Dr Haseeb Motaref, the parliamentary monitoring coordinator spoke about the main findings of 13ths session and discussed some of the main recommendations. 1 - Separation of Plenary Sessions Wolesi Jirga held 56 sessions including 1 inauguration session, 1 extraordinary session, 9 questioning sessions, 13 hearing sessions, 1 interpellation session and 31 regular sessions within 13th sessions of sixth legislative year. 2 - Legislation in parliament Legislation is one of the main legal duties of Wolesi Jirga of the National Assembly of Afghanistan and form the main axis of activities of parliament. During the 13th sessions of 6th legislative year, Wolesi Jirga received 17 draft-laws and 12 international treaties for ratification. Among these document, Wolesi Jirga rejected 2 legislative decrees, kept 4 draft-laws for more enrichment (The draft-law on supporting notifiers of corruption crimes, the draft-law on oversight the implementation of strategy on anti-corruption, the draft-law on rights and privileges of disables, and amendment f article 20th of the law on Tobacco), and ratified the rest. Wolesi Jirga received draft-laws from government to approve them. The draft-laws initiated by the government must pass several stages and get confirmed from the relevant body, ministers’ council, Ministry of Justice, Wolesi Jirga, Meshrano Jirga and the president to become a law but legislative decrees issue by the president is a written instructions of the president which get publish in official gazette without passing those stages. Likewise, According to article 97 of the constitution, 10 members of each house of the National Assembly can recommend proposal for approval. During this session, 69% of the draft-laws were initiated and introduced by the government to Wolesi Jirga.
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FEFA released its parliamentary monitoring findings from the observation of the 13th session of parliament
1- Establishment of a Parliamentary Research Center: Most of the parliaments in the world have parliamentary research center. These centers have experts who work in different parliamentary affairs and back members of parliament to do their job properly. Parliamentary research center act independently without having any political views and play an important role in preparation of reports and building MPs trust on it. It shares its academic views with the MPs so the MPs can make proper decisions. 2- Legislation reform and preventing making similar laws: Indubitably, the main duty of parliament is legislation but making comprehensive laws depend on identification of legislation gap to prevent making adversative laws. Unfortunately, this important issue is not taken very important in current legislative method. Given FEFA’s parliamentary monitoring findings, many laws have been made over the past years but it is hard to find a series of comprehensive laws made by the parliament. Utilization of experts’ sentiments in legislation stages is very important. The Research Center of Afghan parliament must review the draft-laws before they are sent to the parliament for ratification. 3- Duties of Administrative Board: Article 13 of the Internal Rules of Procedure of Wolesi Jirga has specified the duties of administrative board and speaker of the house. Paragraph 3 of this article constitute the MPs represent and preserve the dignity of the Jirga in the national and international communities. Henceforth, the administrative board of the house must not fully engage itself in routine activities. It must play preserve the authority of the house and defend the independency of the house and play significant role in setting the activities of Wolesi Jirga including legislation, oversight the performance of government and representing people. For full list of recommendations kindly download the Comprehensive Report from the link given at the bottom of the page.
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