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Wolesi Jirga to expose long absent members

16 Oct 2019 - 13:26
16 Oct 2019 - 13:26

KABUL speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani on Wednesday said names of long absent lawmakers would be shared with media because the issue has a negative impact on the house business.

Speaking at today’s session of the lower house, lawmaker Ghulam Hussain Nasiri from Kabul province that the prolonged absence of some colleagues had a negative impact on their work, calling for changes in internal duties.

Without going into details, Nasiri said a number of civil society groups had told media that the Wolesi Jirga was able to hold only five meetings with agenda during the ongoing year. “It has negative consequences for the lower house and its members.”

Lawmaker Gul Ahmad Noorzad from Nimroz province also called for some modifications to the internal principles and especially the attendance of members.

He called on the Administrative Board to share names of the absent lawmakers with the nation.

The Wolesi Jirga was to discuss and vote on the President’s legislative decree on article 18 of the population registration today.

Mohammad Arif Rahmani, deputy head of security affairs commission of lower house, presented information about the decree and said that work on the article was yet to be completed due to the absence of several members of the Wolesi Jirga.

Ahmad Shah Ramazan, deputy secretary, pointing to the decree, said: “The Wolesi Jirga commission could not decide about an article in three months, mainly because the members do not work and put their own responsibilities on the Administrative Board.”

Rahmani asked the house secretary to share the list of absent members with media. According to Rahmani, if lawmakers wanted to modify some rules of internal affairs, they should come to the house.


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