KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga said on Sunday parliamentary elections -- scheduled for late May -- should be held only after the requisite security measures were put in place. After a lengthy debate, lawmakers opined the elections should be organised only when there was complete peace in the country. A total of 129 members attending the session the session supported the decision. Speaker Yunus Qanuni believed the polls should be held according to the Constitution of the country. At the same time, he agreed, a satisfactory security situation was a must for conducting the democratic exercise. He suggested if security remained elusive, the ballot should be postponed and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) should set a date before which the required security measures could be adopted. Member of the Wolesi Jirga from Kabul, Mir Ahmad Joyanda, told Pajhwok Afghan News he did not think the elections would be held on schedule. He said the IEC was facing a number of problems. However, he did not elaborate on the problems. Parliamentarian from Baghlan Eng. Muhammad Asim thought the IEC had announced the election date just to show the international community that it was discharging its responsibility. In the present circumstances, he said, the commission did not have the capability of holding the parliamentary election in line with the Constitution. The Wolesi Jirga's tenure is going to expire on the first of June 22. New parliamentarians should start functioning 30 to 60 days after expiry of the Wolesi Jirga's term. The Wolesi Jirga also rose for its long-delayed winter recess on Sunday. The house will reconvene on February 20. dk/mud

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