17th legislative term of national assembly to be soon inaugurated

Afghanistan government officials have informed that preparations are underway for opening the 17th legislative term of national assembly.
Head of Information and Public Affairs for State Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs Zekrullah Farzayee told The Kabul Times correspondent that based on instruction of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, all preparations have been taken for inauguration of the 17th legislative term of national assembly and it was determined that the term would be officially opened on Friday.
“The country’s President has obliged the state ministry of parliamentary affairs to consider all options in connection with opening the parliament considered as legislative organ in the government,” Farzayee said, adding that several meetings have been held with previous and new elected representatives of people and by announcement of final results of parliamentary elections for the rest of provinces the parliament will start its new legislative term.
Previously, presidential office had said new legislative term would be opened when final results of the parliamentary election were announced.
Delay in opening of national assembly has raised serious critics of new elected representatives of people in parliament, civil society activists and political figures. They have said that further delay in opening the parliamentary will weaken the democratic system.
“Parliament is the only legislative institution overseeing most of activities and works of the government; therefore, delay in opening the new legislative term of the parliament will result in irregularities,” said Najib Mahmoud, Kabul University lecturer.
He added that unfortunately final results of parliamentary elections for a number of provinces including Kabul have not been announced by Independent Elections Commission (IEC), saying that national assembly had to continue its work until final results of all provinces were announced.
This comes at a time that final results of the parliamentary elections for four provinces including Kabul have not been announced, while IEC said it would soon announce the results.
As concerns are increasing over delay in announcement of final results of the parliamentary elections for the rest of provinces, state ministry for parliamentary affairs says joint meetings have been held with electoral commissions in this regard and IEC will soon announce final results of Maidan Wardak, Baghlan and kuchis.
Officials for Electoral Complaints Commission had previously stressed that work on reviewing preliminary results of parliamentary elections for the rest of provinces were underway and would be soon completed.
Meanwhile, ECC has said the final results of the parliamentary elections for the majority of provinces have been announced, so the government can inaugurate new legislative of national assembly based on the law.
Nearly six months ago, Afghans cast their votes for parliamentary election candidates, but so far the IEC has announced the final results for 28 provinces.
Suraya Raiszada

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