Representatives of Bamyan province in the National Assembly and their constituents attended a face to face meeting to discuss their province’s problems
April 28, 2017
The Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) held a town-hall meeting in Bamyan province where the representatives of Bamyan in the National Assembly and provincial council attended to discuss Bamyan’s challenges and problems. Lack of electricity, asphalted roads, security and lack of government’s support from gardening in Bamyan were the 4 major problems of Bamyan province raised in this town-hall meeting. Mr. Abdul Rahman Shahedani on behalf of Bamyan’s representatives in the National Assembly and Mr. Asadullah Asadi on behalf of Bamyan provincial council attended the town-hall meeting to discuss about Bamyan’s problems with Bamyan residents.
First, participants of meeting explained their views about the problems. They focused on lack of electricity in Bamyan province and seriously criticized the local government of Bamyan for its weakness to solve this problem. The participants of meeting also pointed out that the roads are not asphalted in Bamyan and created many problems for Bamyan citizens. They requested the Bamyan provincial council and the National Assembly of Afghanistan to pay attention to this problem and take the necessary measures to solve it. They also said that the roads which connect Kabul to Bamyan are totally insecure and the Taliban take many sacrifices from the people of Bamyan every year. They accused the government of inattention to the live and assets of Bamyan residents and requested Bamyan representatives in the National Assembly to put pressure on security entities to pay attention to the security of Kabul-Bamyan highways. Government’s inattention to gardening and educational problems in Bamyan province were other issues raised in this meeting.
Subsequently, Mr. Abdul Rahman Shahedani on behalf of Bamyan’s representatives in the National Assembly and Mr. Asadullah Asadi on behalf of Bamyan provincial council delivered remarks after each other. They presented information about their efforts and future plans to solve these problems. Mr. Shahedani acknowledged that their efforts was not enough to solve these problems and said, “As MPs, we don’t have any executive authorities but we will share the problems with the relevant entities.” Then, Mr. Asadi presented information about the provincial council efforts regarding solving the mentioned problems and promised participants of the meeting to follow up the mentioned problems through the provincial council to solve them.
Then, participants of meeting presented specified recommendation on solving the mentioned problems. Bamyan residents appreciated FEFA for holding the town-hall meeting in Bamyan and said it was the first time they sat with their representative and shared their problems with them face to face. They requested FEFA to hold such meetings in their province in future too.
Meeting with Bamyan University Students
The structure, duties and authorities of the National Assembly and the provincial council was discussed with the students of Bamyan University.
April 29, 2017
To increase the level of students’ awareness about the structure, duties and authorities of the National Assembly and the provincial council, FEFA held an awareness program for the students of Bamyan University. The objective of this program was giving awareness about the performance of the National Assembly and MPs roles as representatives of people. First, FEFA’s representative presented information about the constitution, structure of political system, separation of powers, duties & structure of the National Assembly, duties & authorities of MPs, legislation, budget approval and other relevant issues. Then, a member of Bamyan provincial council presented information about the local governance and the role & duties of provincial council. At the end of the program the students asked their questions about the parliament and provincial council which were replied by FEFA’s representatives and a member of Bamyan provincial council.