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Wolesi Jirga Final Decision on Presidential Decree

Wolesi Jirga as house of people is supposed to make a historic decision regarding the presidential decree on amendment of the Law on the Structure, Duties and Authorities of Electoral Commissions tomorrow. Considering the experience of 2014 elections, the need for holding a free and fair election and increasing public trust on national processes including election the National Assembly specially Wolesi Jirga is expected to play a historic role in electoral reform process. The previous decision of National Assembly regarding the rejection of presidential decrees on amendment of the electoral law faced serious criticisms of people. Beside, government the national assembly is also responsible for delay and ambiguity of electoral reform process. The rejection of presidential decrees on electoral reform by the National Assembly led to prolonging of ambiguities on electoral reform and holding of upcoming parliamentary and district council elections. Similarly, there are many questions on legitimacy of continuation of work of Wolesi Jirga. Previously, Wolesi Jirga rejected the presidential decrees on electoral reform which led to continuation of ambiguities on electoral reform therefore FEFA as the largest election observation organization in Afghanistan present the following recommendations to Wolesi Jirga to use the opportunity for implementation of electoral reform: 1. Wolesi Jirga will face serious criticisms if it again reject the decrees and play role in ambiguity of electoral reform process and holding of upcoming parliamentary and district council elections. 2. Wolesi Jirga is recommend to amend the decree instead of rejecting it. Amending the articles for further enrichment of the decree is an acceptable proceeding than totally rejecting the decree. 3. Members of Wolesi Jirga must not pretext on some titles of the decree to blame the government and acquit themselves. Blaming others and acquitting ourselves cannot solve the problems of people and electoral reform process. 4. The experience indicate that parliaments play an important role in solving the political deadlocks and build trust between people and politicians.

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6/7/2016

Date

FEFA

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Report

Type

Electoral Reforms

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