FEFA Released its Six-Month Parliamentary Monitoring Report

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.

Face to Face Discussion of Alberoni University Students with MPs

November 10, 2015
FEFA held a meeting with students of Alberoni University where Mr. Qalatwal, representative of Zabul in Wolesi Jirga and Mrs. Zakia Sangen, representative of Parwan in Wolesi Jirga attended to present information on parliament and its activities to students. At the beginning of the meeting, the parliamentary monitoring team of FEFA thanked Alberoni University for organizing this meeting and presented information on political system, three branches of power, the duties and responsibilities of parliament and the parliamentary monitoring program of FEFA.
Parliament and its duties
Mr. Abdul Qadir Qalatwal, representative of Zabul province in Wolesi Jirga began the meeting. Mr. Qalatwal said, “Making and approving laws, monitoring the performance of government and representing people are three main duties of Wolesi Jirga.” Subsequently, Mrs. Zakia Sangen, representative of Parwan in Wolesi Jirga presented information on performance of parliament and said, “When we talk to students, they ask that what MPs are doing? Maybe they think MPs just come to the house, speak and some cases create problems in the house. Therefore, we brought the students of Parwan University to Wolesi Jirga to see the activities of MPs and committees of Wolesi Jirga.”

Students Event (Round Table)

Event Objective: The students will learn how the parliament is structured, how the Parliament build bridges between various state segments and how the MPs are accountable to their voters.
Location: Kateeb University students, Kabul Afghanistan
Participants: 35 students of the faculty of Politics and Law, University Professors, FEFA experts and the Parliament Member Ms. Nasima Niazi
MP: Ms. Nasima Niazi the Parliament member from Helmand Province
Facilitated by: The Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan the PM Department
Date: November 10, 2015

Brief Introduction to the student events:
As originated in the structure of FEFA work plan, beside other activities mentioned in the work plan, the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) is officially involved in the process of monitoring the Parliament activities both at (Mashrano Jurga/upper house and Wolosi Jirga/lower house). FEFA has a department named the “Parliamentary Monitoring Team” which is mainly split into two directions the Parliamentary Monitors and the Citizen Outreach and Media portions. The University student events organized both at Kabul and Provincial level aims to introduce the Parliament Involvement in the state building as well the Parliamentary system now functioning in the country.
Event details organized at Kateeb University:

Parliament’s Perception on Electoral Reforms 2015

The third Afghan presidential election was held on April 2014 with an unprecedented voter turnout. Afghans, despite serious security threats went to the polls and casted their votes. In contrast to public expectation, the IEC failed to announce the results on time, which was the first alarming sign of a flawed process. In the first round, none of the candidates were able to win the majority (50+1) of votes that led to runoff elections. The two frontrunners competed in the second round, however, due to massive fraud, lack of transparency in adjudication of electoral complaints and intervention of government officials in the process, the run-off process brought no concrete results. The electoral commissions (the IEC and the IECC), as a result, lost their credibility to the public and to their national and international stakeholders.

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Parliamentary Monitoring Report (January-2014)

After long debates among Ministry of Finance and Wolesi Jirga finally Wolesi Jirga approved the 2014 budget on January 15, 2014. According to the MPs the draft budget had a lot of problems such as inattention to infrastructures, allocating a high percentage of budget for security and discretionary codes and transiction of budget from previous years.
It is worth mentioning that the draft was rejected by Wolesin Jirga on January 4,2014 due to the following reasons:

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