FEFA held a town-hall meeting in Parwan province
The Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) conducted a meeting in the province of Parwan entitled (Provincial Town Hall Meeting ) this meeting was held in the provincial capital of Parwan, city of Charikar by parliamentary monitoring section of FEFA on the 03 September of the 2019 and these meetings are aimed to raise public confidence in the elected institutions and their representatives in the center and provinces and the meetings between delegates and clients entitled An open and accountable parliament, the manifestation the will of the nation” so that the people or clients can share their problems, suggestions, comments and their legitimate demands in an open and intimate space, face to face with their representatives and then the representatives of people may require the government to address the problems. In this meeting, the elected delegate of Parwan province in the Wolesi Jirga, Mr. Zahir Salangi , representative provincial council Mr. Bahauddin Jilani head of the provincial council of Parwan province, Ms. Hossey Bayani member of Parwan provincial council , Alhaj Mohammd javid Hanafi head of religious scholar’s council of Parwan province, head of the Youth union of Parwan province elders, members of civil society Parwan sisters were present on the existing and acute problems of Parwan have been discussed. Participants of the Town Hall meeting in the city of Parwan have discussed the issues listed in the agenda of the meeting , the topics discussed are problems in health care sector, education, lack of access to drinking water and a lack of electricity in Parwan province, which at the beginning of the meeting initially the Participants forwarded their questions, suggestions, and their views on the above problems . 1. Problems mentioned by the participants in the field of health of Parwan province. Health is a valuable trophy in every person's life, which, due to some environmental factors, human health is caused problems, and there is the indisputable right or every citizens of every society to be provided with health care services at the time of need, but the participants of Town hall meeting in City of Parwan complained of lack of proper health care services.
• Lower House (Wolesi Jirga) Representative • Provincial Council Representatives • Ulama • President of the Youth and Ethnic leaders Association • Civil society members
Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) held a town hall meeting 03 September of 2019 in the city of Charikar. The meeting, titled Open and Accountable Parliament, was a manifestation of the nation's will , was aimed at face to face debate between the delegates and the client discuss over the acute and serious problems in Parwan province and to address the problems of the Parwan people. In this meeting, the elected delegate of Parwan province in the Wolesi Jirga, Mr. Zahir Salangi , representative provincial council Mr. Bahauddin Jilani head of the provincial council of Parwan province, Ms. Hossey Bayani member of Parwan provincial council , Alhaj Mohammd javid Hanafi head of religious scholar’s council of Parwan province, head of the Youth union of Parwan province elders, members of civil society Parwan sisters were present on the existing and acute problems of Parwan which have been previously identified and placed in agenda by provincial partners of FEFA in Parwan have been discussed. According to the agenda, the problems discussed by all the participants of the town hall meeting and called on the local and central government to address the issues that include the lack of proper provision of health care services in Parwan province, serious problems in the field of education. Lack of access to clean and safe drinking water and lack of electricity were amongst the issues discussed during this debate, and people called on their elected representatives in the Provincial Council and Parliament to communicate their concerns to the authorities.
They also mentioned that medication in the clinics and hospitals operating in Parwan were not sufficient for the patients or that in most cases the medicines should be given to the patients in the hospitals and clinics, instead they were sold by the corrupt traders In the free market, for which they demanded prompt resolution of the case from the central and local government. The people of Parwan province call on the Afghan government and health-care donors to supply qualified medical doctors, adequate medicines and preventing outdated or expired medicines form being sold in the markets. 2. Problems in the education sector of Parwan province The education is considered as the principles of progress and development of a modern state and society and governments in every country are making every effort to have a better and better education in order to have a prosperous, peaceful and literate society and their generations to enjoy the benefits of positive sciences. The Afghan people, including the honorable people of Parwan province, are knowledgeable and enthusiastic people with acquiring education, which is the basis for acquiring higher education, but unfortunately the participant in the Parwan Provincial Town Hall meeting also complained about the poor education in Parwan province. According to all participants, the educational situation in all of Parwan is not satisfactory and there are many problems, such as lack of teaching facilities in most schools, especially for schoolchildren, and students in cold and hot weather out in an open area classrooms to attend classes. They continue to mention other problems and say that the Text books are not distributed to pupils. Even if distributed they are not complete, they ask the Afghan government to print more books and distribute them to families who cannot afford buying them. The lack of labs, testing materials, and a shortage of professional educators were among the major challenges in education sector that the participants sought from the government and called on the government to resolve in Parwan. 3. Problems in regards with the drinking water and lack of access to electricity in Parwan province Another major problem in Parwan province is the lack of access to clean drinking water. This is a very serious problem. Participants in the meeting demanded from the government and donors resolve the problem of lack of access to clean drinking water Take it the problem of Parwan seriously and find a permanent solution to this problem soon so that the Parwan people, especially the people of Charikar, do not suffer from it . The problem of lack or a shortage of electricity as the people of Parwan province are affected and reminded that in most areas of Charikar and districts there was no electricity and the people were suffering from it, they request the central government and local government of Parwan to address the problem as soon as possible, so that the people of province benefit from electricity in the near future. At the end of the Parwan Town Hall meeting, Mr. Zahir Salangi, the elected representative of the Parwan people in the Afghan National Assembly's Lower House, attended the meeting and answered the questions of the participants. In his speech, Mr. Zahir Salangi's highlighted all the problems faced by the participants in the sectors of poor health care services, problems in the education sector, inadequate access to drinking water and problems in the electricity in Charikar and Parwan districts. He said that the people of Parwan have been suffering from various problems for some years now, but the central and local government has not paid attention to solving the problems in Parwan. Mr. Salangi told the participants of the meeting that I am in favor of the people of Parwan and all the questions, ideas, suggestions that the participants mentioned and to solve the problems discussed in this meeting, has been noted with him. In order to reflect on them in the Parliament, and to collaborate together with other Parwan people's delegates in the National Assembly to work together to eliminate all problems unanimously and we will share with relevant authorities and institutions. At the end of his speech, Mr. Salang expressed his gratitude to the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) and the regulators of the town hall meeting in Parwan and said that we want you to continue holding such effective meetings in the future. At the meeting of the Mr. Bahauddin Jilani, the Chairman of the Provincial Council thanked FEFA for holding such effective meetings and said that as the provincial council chairman and the people's representative in the council, all the problems mentioned by the participants were acknowledged and We have shared these problems with the competent authorities time to time, but unfortunately, prompt attention to these problems was not paid he urged the Parwan people's representatives to work with a proper mechanism and coordination between the Provincial Council and the National Assembly representatives and jointly take steps to resolve all Problems in Parwan. Conclusion: In the end of the meeting, Engineer Abdul Baqhi Rasheed, Head of Public Relations of the Free and Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA)thanked Mr. Zahir Salangi, the Parwan Provincial Representative for the National Assembly, Mr. Bahauddin Jilani, the Provincial Council President , promised civil society, Women's Rights activists, Ethnic Leaders and All Participants to share their ideas, suggestions, and problems within a report with Parwan People's Representatives in the National Assembly, and relevant institutions and t, communicate their message for finding a solution and addressing the problems of the people of Parwan province in the National Assembly and the people's representatives require the government also to solve the problems of the people of Parwan . Recommendations : Participants of the Town hall meeting Parwan province expressed gratitude and pleasure to free and fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) that for holding and arranging such a meeting while the people of Parwan province are faced with so many serious problems and living a hard life to ensure that the voice and wishes of the Parwan people are heard and that justice is provided, and that FEFA calls for such meetings between delegate and clients in the future or at least once a year.
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