Parliamentary Monitoring Report (July-2013)

Two month ago Wolesi Jirga made a decision that government should not start the process of distributing electronically Identification cards until the Census Law is not approved by the national Assembly. In Legislation section one achievement of Wolesi in this month is approval of the Census law. Although some MPs criticized on lack of mentioning ethnicity in the electronically Identification cards Wolesi Jirga approved the Census Law.
The Committee on Religious and Cultural Affairs, Education and Higher Education of Wolesi Jirga conducted session with the Minister of Higher Education to discuss the recent draft-made by this Ministry on rationing the Entrance Test of Universities and then presented the result of the session to the plenary session of Wolesi Jirga. The Committee rejected the draft due to having shortages and gaps. This action of the committee on Religious and Cultural Affairs of Wolesi Jirga is considered another positive development in this month.
The Youth and Sports Committee of Wolesi Jirga observed the activities of the National Olympic committee’s federations and found that shortage of Olympic Law has created many problems in the National Olympic Committee; therefore they decided to codify the Olympic Law to regulate the affairs related to the National Olympic committee and send to Wolesi Jirga for approval. This measure of the Committee is considered another positive development in this month.

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Parliamentary Monitoring Report ( June-2013)

According to the monitoring reports of FEFA, Wolesi Jirga had a lot of achievements and developments in June. The Oversight Committee on Performance of the Government was established six month ago to review the confiscation of government and non-government lands and properties. After completion of six month the committee presented its working report along with the statistics and amount of the usurped lands to the Wolesi Jirga in June.
In overseeing section, Wolesi Jirga summoned the Minister of Information & Culture to present information on the programs of media and disclose the reasons that why the media law is not implemented. Wolesi Jirga also summoned the Minister of Public Welfare to present Information on why the roads and streets are built non-standard. The Telecommunication Committee of Wolesi Jirga summoned the Minister of Hadj & Religious Affairs and the Deputy Minister of Transportation to present information about the price of Hadj tickets and the inability of Ariana Airline in winning the bidding.

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Parliamentary Monitoring Report ( May-2013)

Deeming the short time left to the presidential and provincial council’s elections approval of the electoral law by Wolesi Jirga is considered the most positive development of the month. The electoral law is approved as a result of the hardworking of the 18 committees of Wolesi Jirga specially the legislation committee of Wolesi Jirga. 18 committees of Wolesi Jirga had comprehensively reviewed the law and referred its controversial articles to the joint committee and after the joint committee made decision on the controversial parts the draft-law was introduced to the plenary session and the plenary session approved it.
The MPs explained provincial problems through the tribune of the Wolesi Jirga which is considered another positive development in reviewing the provincial problems.
The attempts for establishing the medical council is another positive development of the month which can be a good example that proves Wolesi executes it overseeing role well.

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Parliamentary Monitoring Report (April-2013)

Monthly Monitoring Report of Wolesi Jirga

FEFA is the only civil society organization that monitors the works and developments of parliament (Wolesi Jirga) by a professional monitoring team. After the reports are reviewed and analyzed by FEFA’s analyst team, they are shared with the civil society, media, and people to make them aware of the developments of Wolesi Jirga, build a great link between the elected and electorate, encouraging citizens for participation and lawsuiting.

Key Findings of April:

Wolesi Jirga conducted 12 plenary sessions in April and the average participation rate of MPs was 44.25 percent however the participation rate of MPs in committee sessions was 58, 71 percent. FEFA’s monitoring reports show that Wolesi Jirga had positive developments in legislation section however in section of overseeing government and implementation of law it didn’t have significant accomplishment.
Approval of the law on IEC Composition, Duties and competence” beside codifying a plan for peace talks in the country and reviewing the security condition of Goshta district of Nangarhar province are were the positive developments of April.

FEFA’s Suggestions for Strengthening Public Confidence in Wolesi Jirga

The recent approach taken by Wolesi Jirga in impeaching 11 ministers had negative impacts on the image of this institution. There was a significant difference between MPs’ statements and the final decisions taken during the voting process which left a negative impact on public and CSOs confidence in Wolesi Jirga and its members. FEFA as an observer institution with years of experience in parliamentary monitoring in the country and abroad believes that if this situation continues in the house, it will eventually prevent the Parliament to institutionalize democracy. To avoid witnessing the occurrence of such cases, FEFA recommendations are as follows:

FEFA

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Web site: www.fefa.org.af

    

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