Parliament Watch
Parliament Watch is one of the integral programs run by FEFA that aims to represent a parliament with the openness to public,
transparent functions and accountable by providing accurate, objective and current reports
on all activities of Afghanistan's parliament.

Observation of lower house on January 13th, 2018    The Lower house of parliament (Wolesi Jirga) held a plenary session on January 13th, 2018 chaired by Mr. ABDUL RAUF IBRAHIMI, to discuss and vote about the legislative decree number 155 on establishment of medical council. At the beginning of session, MPs utilized the privileged time to talk about the acute issues of Afghanistan. Most of MPs expressed their concerns on depreciation of Afghanis against the USD in these days and which has direct impact on the economic situation of afghan people and could be the cause of unemployment and investment escape from the country. The proposed national budget is 3 billion less than previous fiscal year which bring the government under questions. Additionally, majority of the MPs touched on the latest remarks of president GHANI to limit the authority of MPs in ministries and condemned his remarks. At the meantime some of the MPs said there is of widen corruption in hiring system of ministry of interior affairs and added the security forces should be impartial in sensitive situation.                                                               Observation of lower house on December 13th, 2017    The lower house (WOLESI JIRGA) held a plenary session on 13th December 2017, chaired by Mr. ABDUL RAUF IBRAHIMI speaker of the house to discuss and vote the proposed national budget for the fiscal year 1397. At beginning of the session, MPs utilized the allocated privileged time to speak about the numerous significant national issues. Majority of the MPs expressed their concerns over the security challenges across the country especially the advancement of ISIS in UROZGAN, JAWZJAN and BADAKHSHAN provinces. The MPs also talked about bad condition of displaced people who left their provinces as result of insecurity. Meanwhile the speaker of WJ added we witness that the ISIS has increased its attacks and operations recently. Therefore, he assigned the internal security committee to follow up this situation with the governor of provinces.                                                               Observation of upper house on December 12th, 2017    Meshrano Jirga held a plenary session on 12th December 2017, chaired by Mr. MOHAMMAD ALAM IZEDYAR the first deputy speaker of upper house to discuss and vote the drafted law on Registration of assets and properties of government officials.                                                               Observation of lower house on December 11th, 2017    Wolesi Jirga held a plenary session on 11th December 2017, chaired by Mr. ABDUL RAUF IBRAHIMI to discuss and vote the draft law on child protection. At the beginning of the session MPs utilized the privileged time to talk about the important issues: most of the MPs talked about the latest remarks delivered by MR. GULBUDIN HEKMATYAR about asymmetric allocation of national budget for all provinces for the fiscal year 1397                                                               Observation of upper house on December 10th, 2017    Upper house of the parliament (Meshrano JIRGA) held their plenary session on 10th December 2017 that was chaired by Mr. Mohammad Alam Izedyar the first deputy speaker of upper house. At the beginning of the session senators utilized the allocated privileged time to talk about their main concerns, and most of the senators criticized to the U.S president decision, it is opposite to Islamic values and believes the recognition of Bait-Ul-Moqaddas (Jerusalem) as Israel’s capital. Moreover, they called US as Muslim’s enemy and asked that all Islamic nations to cut their official and diplomatic relations with the United States, they also called on the United Nations to held an emergency meeting and take action about Trump’s decision.                                                               Observation of lower house on October 30, 2017    Lower house (Wolesi Jirga) held a plenary session on October 30, 2017 chaired by Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi speaker of the house to put the amendments made to articles of the law on the civil registration in a vote. At the beginning of the session, the Committee on Internal Security of the house presented the decree number 247 of the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan regarding the amendments made to articles 67 and 79 of the law on civil registration and then members of the house debated the amendments and approved them unanimously (113 votes pro, 4 votes against and 1 vote blank). The MPs also debated on the Central Civil Registration Bureau to act as an independent institution or within the framework of Ministry of Interior Affairs and with 13 votes pro and 1 vote blank decided it must function within the framework of Ministry of Interior Affairs.                                                               Observation of lower house on October 11, 2017    Lower houses (Wolesi Jirga) held a plenary session on October 11, 2017 chaired by Mohammad Nazir Ahmadzai to discuss the amendments made in the law on telecommunication tax. The amendments were presented to the plenary session by Qais Hassan head of the committee on Telecommunication of Wolesi Jirga. Members of the house discussed the amendments made and unanimously rejected imposing of 10% tax on telecom users. 116 MPs were present in this session.                                                              
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FEFA released its parliamentary monitoring findings from the observation of the 13th session of parliament

The free and fair election forum of Afghanistan released its parliamentary monitoring findings in a round table in the existence of media. At starting Mr. Eng. Naeem Asghari the program manager at FEFA stated that "In additions to observing election and bringing electoral reforms, FEFA equally observes the sessions in the national council of Afghanistan. Subsequentally Dr Haseeb Motaref, the parliamentary monitoring coordinator spoke about the main findings of 13ths session and discussed some of the main recommendations.

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Town-Hall Meeting Held in Heraat Province

On August 8, the town hall meeting conducted at Istiqlal hall with around 70 participants including the key participants mentioned above. The three vital issues figured out were high billing of electricity, targeted attacks and huge unemployment rate in Herat province. The above mentioned topics provoked a great discussion among the participants and were agreed upon the existence of these problems in Herat. The participants accused MPs in their neglecting behavior in addressing those issues in parliament. Meanwhile, participants had questions from MPs and members of provincial council and were answered accordingly. MPs as usual, promised to solve those issues by discussing it with relevant authorities in Kabul.

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Upper house of parliament appreciated FEFA's work

Upper House appreciated the leadership and some staff members of FEFA for their active parliamentary monitoring program and their attempts toward reforming the electoral system of Afghanistan. Dr. Mohammad Tayeb Atta secretary of Meshrano Jirga said, “FEFA has covered the activities of parliament over the past few years and regularly reported to people to strengthen parliament’s relation with people and increase the level of transparency in parliament. Subsequently Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed, the executive director of FEFA thanked Meshrano Jirga for appreciating FEFA and said, “FEFA is a national organization which strives to strengthen the democratic processes and structures. We have always tried to report parliament’s performance, achievements and developments to people.”

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Town hall meeting held in Bamyan province

The Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) held a town-hall meeting in Bamyan province where the representatives of Bamyan in the National Assembly and provincial council attended to discuss Bamyan’s challenges and problems. Lack of electricity, asphalted roads, security and lack of government’s support from gardening in Bamyan were the 4 major problems of Bamyan province raised in this town-hall meeting. Mr. Abdul Rahman Shahedani on behalf of Bamyan’s representatives in the National Assembly and Mr. Asadullah Asadi on behalf of Bamyan provincial council attended the town-hall meeting to discuss about Bamyan’s problems with Bamyan residents.

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FEFA Releases it's Parliamentary Monitoring Findings

Free and fair election forum of Afghanistan released its parliamentary monitoring findings in a round table in the existence of media.
Dr. Haseeb Motaref, parliamentary monitoring coordinator of FEFA, said, “Wolesi Jirga has made remarkable progresses in term of legislation this year (1395 Solar year).
However, it was not very active in term of representing people and handling public problems.”

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Round table on conflict of powers, its impacts and solutions

On 27th December 2016 FEFA held a round table in Kabul in the presence of parliament members, political and social activists, university professors, elite people, women and youth to discuss the issue of power conflicts in the government of Afghanistan.

Conflicts between the three branches of power existed since more than a decade in the Afghan government notably between the executive power and the parliament.

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Discussion on the pending law of anti-violence against women

FEFA findings on parliament observation shows that the law on anti-violence against women has been in a pending state since 18 may 2013 due to disagreement of views between members of parliament and it is still in the women affairs commission of lower house.
Therefore, in order to discuss and put light on the current status of the forgotten law “Anti-violence against women” FEFA conducted a meeting with members of parliament, civic society members and university professors.

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Comprehensive report on parliament activities in the 12th session

FEFA released its comprehensive report on parliament activities in the 12th session. Afghanistan’s parliament is being watched by FEFA’s parliamentary unit and accurate records are generated on daily basis.

Based on the daily observation and findings, comprehensive reports are prepared and published that consists detailed and accurate information about parliament activities in the duration of one session i.e. four and half months.

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Face to face discussion of students with MPs

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.
Mr. Abdul Qadir Qalatwal, representative of Zabul province in Wolesi Jirga began the meeting by stating that "making and approving laws, monitoring the performance of government and representing people are three main duties of Wolesi Jirga.”

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Bills & Agreements Section |    Bills & agreements in the 13th session Location/Date
(Lower / Upper House / Commission)
Status
The convention on banning torture and outrageous behaviors Lower House / July 12th 2017 Approved
Treaty between Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and India on extradition of criminals. Upper House / May 30th 2017 Approved
The Law on Overseeing the Implementation of Anti-Corruption Strategy The Committee on Judicial & Justice / April 3rd 2017 In Progress
The Law on Supporting the Informers of Corruption Lower House In Progress
The Proposal on Adding April 7 the Commencement day of Jihad of Daikundi in calendar Lower House Approved
The Agreement on Immunity and Privileges of the Islamic Cooperation Organization Upper House Approved
Amendment of an Article of the Passport Law Lower House / March 27th 2017 Approved
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