Afghan parliament approves bill for election law
By Ghanizada - Mon Jul 15 2013, 7:25 pm
The parliament of Afghanistan on Monday approved the bill for Afghanistan election law following long controversies which continued for several days, and the law will be sent to Afghan president Hamid Karzai in the near future.
The law was approved by joint parliamentarian commissions after differences were resolved in the committee and the law will be forwarded to president Karzai for final approval.
Head of the parliamentarian commission on election law and lawmaker Asadulah Sadati said president Hamid Karzai will hopefully sign the law so that it can go to implementation phase.
According to Asadullah Sadati the controversial points of the electoral law included election of ten nomad representatives in Afghan parliament, one representative of Hindus and Sikhs and the number of women representatives in provincial and district council.
He said the controversial points were resolved after elminating the dedicated seat for Hindus, approving seats for Nomads and accepting 20 percent seats for the women in provincial council.
This comes as United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urged for immediate endorsement of Afghanistan election commission formation, duties and authorities.
UNAMA in a statement said, The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reiterates its strong support for holding the Presidential and Provincial Council elections on time, on 5 April 2014, and in accordance with the Afghan Constitution.”
The statement further added, “In this regard, UNAMA welcomes the National Assembly’s approval of the law regulating the structure and responsibilities of Afghanistan’s electoral management bodies. This is a key step toward establishing a robust electoral architecture for the 2014 polls, as committed to by the Afghan Government in the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework.”
“UNAMA urges the rapid presidential endorsement and enactment of the law, and, just as importantly, the speedy implementation of the law, specifically the appointment of the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) senior officials,” UNAMA said in its statement adding that the establishment of the electoral dispute resolution mechanism is also crucial for ensuring transparent, credible and inclusive elections.