نورستانی: حکومت باید پروسۀ انتخابات را سیاسی نسازد

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) chief on Sunday said the Wolesi Jirga could not amend the law on the structure, duties and authority of the poll panels.

On the other hand, some lawmakers claim based on Article 109, they are allowed to bring amendments to the law because Constitution mentions only the electoral law, not the one on duties and powers of the panels.

Article 109 states: “Proposals for amending the election law shall not be included in the agenda of the National Assembly during the last year of the legislative term.”

IEC Chairman Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani told journalists in line with the constitution the parliament’s term would be over next year and thus it could not bring amendments to the law.

“The law on the structure, duties and powers of the IEC and Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) is part of the electoral law and bringing amendments to it will be illegal,” he insisted.

Last week, some parliamentarians suggested the law would be amended so as to rectify the flaws that officials misused.

Nuristani accused the lawmakers of seeking to change the law in their personal interest. He added the IEC had released the date for the next year’s parliamentarian elections -- due in five months.

But the government still has not announced its preparedness and the commission is waiting for a response. “The international community is also waiting for the government’s response to allocate funds for this purpose.”

Nuristani warned the government should not politicise the election process. He admitted that the law on duties and powers of the election commissions needed amendments but he insisted the draft should be proposed by the panels themselves.

Sarwar Osmani, member of the judicial committee of Wolesi Jirga, told Pajhwok in its last year, the parliament was not allowed to bring changes only to the electoral law but it could amend the other one.

He added that the committee had proposed 10 amendments to the law and a general session of the lower house would take them up.

hg/mud

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