FREE AND FAIR ELECTION FORUM OF AFGHANISTAN

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Joint Meeting between the parliament and the civil society

The Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) held a meeting with the MPs, university lecturers, civil society activists, representatives from the political parties and legal experts on July 2, 2018, to review the performance of the National Assembly in the 16th legislative period. Afghanistan is approaching the 17th parliamentary elections. Therefore, reviewing the performance 16th parliament can pave the ground for analyzing the vulnerability of the parliament and making specific recommendations to strengthen the 17th parliament. The 16th parliament commenced its work in 2010. It has been 8 years since the 16th parliament began its 16th legislative period. This report sketches out the performance 16th parliament. A. A review of the Parliament The meeting participants believed that the 16th parliament had a series of shortcomings. However, the parliament passed several bills and had been relatively active in raising public demands but its serious shortcomings and continuous dysfunction negatively impinged upon public perception of the parliament. Members of parliament were elected by the people and their abilities and inabilities directly link with the people. It means social-political developments are prerequisites for the formation of an efficient parliament. Therefore, the country needs to focus on the social-political development of the society and rule of law in order to have an efficient parliament. B. Achievements The participants stated, “However, defending the performance of 16th parliament is hard but we can’t ignore its achievements. The existence of the parliament as one of the third branches of the government is an achievement. The existence of a bad parliament is better than lack of a parliament. Additionally, the number of bills which have been made and passed by the parliament over the past 8 years has helped in upholding rule of law. Oversight the state expenditures through approving the national budget were the important achievements made by the 16th parliament.

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7/2/2018

Date

40

Total Participents

1 Day

Duration

Kabul

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