KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday cautioned against provocative statements, asking the electoral panels to throw out bogus votes.
During a debate on the post-election situation, a public representative from Bamyan province urged his colleagues not to make statements that could trigger a crisis.
Mohammad Akbari remarked: “We should not be discussing the runoff vote here. Our statements incite the masses and could spark off instability in the country.”
Instead lawmakers should carefully track the electoral process and thereby contribute to efforts for dispensing justice, he remarked.
His colleague from Paktika province, Nadir Khan Katawazi, said: “We should exercise caution and avoid alarmism in our discussions. Our people are yet to attain political maturity, as tribal and ethnic problems still exist in the country.”
Another legislator from Khost province, Kamal Nasir Osuli, also warned against interference in the election process. He said meddling could unleash serious consequences for the nation.
“Let’s not insult the votes cast by residents of restive areas,” he observed, urging the commission to compile a result based on genuine ballots.
Some members, including supporters of both presidential hopefuls, traded barbs over committing fraud in the June 14 runoff election. Others suggested the appointment of a team to resolve the issue.
But Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi ruled the house could not appoint such a delegation. However, a special commission could be brought into being at members’ request in line with the constitution, he explained.