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MPs absent for 20 days to be suspended

MPs absent for 20 days to be suspended

Apr 10, 2017 - 18:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament has decided to suspend membership of lawmakers who were absent for more than 20 days in a row in future.

Few days back, some Wolesi Jirga members complained that a number of their colleagues had been permanently absent from the house meetings.

A lawmaker, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 10 legislators were permanently absent and 20 others attended only important sessions. Currently the Wolesi Jirga has 236 members.

The lower house’s secretary, Abdul Qadir Zazai, told today’s session that the Administrative Board after hearing complaints from some lawmakers decided to suspend membership of public representatives who were consecutively absent for 20 days of a month under articles 73 and 119 of the internal regulations.

He said salaries would be also paid to lawmakers based on their attendance and they would be subjected to salary cut for the days absent.

A number of lawmakers supported the decision and asked the administrative board to enforce it equally on all house members including members of the administrative board.

Mirbat Khan Mangal, a lawmaker from Pakita province, said: “We fully support your decision, we hope it would be enforced on all colleagues equally. Names of those permanently absent should be revealed to the public and they should be suspended.”

Ghulam Hussain Naseri, another public representative,  said names of the absentees should be exposed in order people avoid giving them vote in future elections.

Second deputy speaker Mohammad Nazir Ahmadzai said the decision would be enforced equally on all members of the house.

He said the attendance of lawmakers would be regularly checked in both general sessions and panel meetings.


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