November 22, 2015
FEFA held a round table where the members of Wolesi Jirga, the representatives of political parties, the representatives of civil society organizations and media attended to release its six-month parliamentary monitoring report. The report is meant to capture and simply summarize the work, achievements and shortcomings of Wolesi Jirga over the ninth session of sixteenth period of parliament.
At the beginning of the round table the executive director of FEFA, Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed, pointed out the achievements and shortcomings of Wolesi Jirga and said, “The MPs had great achievements in section of legislation, representing people and oversight the performance of government. However, they failed to approve some of the draft-laws due to quorum incompletion or disagreement among MPs.” The executive director of FEFA pointed the law on higher education and said that the law on higher education has been in Wolesi Jirga for a long time but Wolesi Jirga hasn’t been able to approve it. He also said that there are some draft-laws which have been approved by parliament but the president hasn’t signed them to publish them in official gazette. Subsequently, the executive director of FEFA talked on lack of transparency in collecting signature of MPs for impeaching ministers and added that the parliament must work with government to come up with a specific mechanism in this regard.
Then, The programs manager of FEFA, Mohammad Naim Asghari, presented information on parliamentary monitoring program of FEFA and said that FEFA has been monitoring the activities of Wolesi Jirga since 2012. He added that FEFA monitors the activities of Wolesi Jirga based on a MoU signed with the administrative board of Wolesi Jirga. He mentioned that recently FEFA has signed a MoU with Meshrano-Jirga to monitor the activities of Meshrano-Jirga too. The programs manager of FEFA said that the parliamentary monitoring program of FEFA aims to increase public awareness on activities of parliament and strengthening the level of cooperation between parliament and civil society.
Subsequently, the parliamentary monitoring coordinator of FEFA presented FEFA’s monitoring findings through a power point presentation. The presentation included the total number of plenary and committee sessions held by Wolesi Jirga, the number of laws approved by Wolesi Jirga, positive developments of Wolesi Jirga and the shortcomings of Wolesi Jirga. The presentation also included specific recommendations for improvement the work of Wolesi Jirga.
Then, the MPs including Mrs. Nassima Niazi, (representative of Helmand in Wolesi Jirga), Mrs. Hameeda Akbari (representative of Maidan Wardak in Wolesi Jirga) and Mr. Saheb Khan (representative of Logar in Wolesi Jirga) talked on parliament and acknowledged FEFA for its parliamentary monitoring program. Mrs. Nassima Niazi welcomed the monitoring findings of FEFA and said that the recommendations made by FEFA for improving the activities of Wolesi Jirga are valuable. Mr. Saheb Khan said that FEFA is a national and creditable organization across the country and acknowledged FEFA for its permanent cooperation with Wolesi Jirga.
Then, the MPs and officials of FEFA responded to the journalists questions regarding the monitoring report of FEFA.
In other part of the program the mentioned MPs, the representatives of political parties and the representatives of civil society organizations discussed FEFA’s monitoring findings and talked on how to strengthen parliament. The representatives of political parties and civil society organizations appreciated FEFA’s parliamentary monitoring program and pointed out some shortcomings of Wolesi Jirga.