Decree on electoral reform, tri-pillar meeting on women soon

KABUL (Pajhwok): The presidential decree on electoral reform would be published soon in the Ministry of Justice’s website and the government gazette and a tree-pillar meeting would be conducted to resolve women’s problems, a presidential spokesman said on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference here, deputy presidential spokesman Syed Zafar Hashimi said President Ashraf Ghani had promised representatives of women’s organizations solution to women issues.
Hashimi quoted Ghani saying that a trilateral meeting of the three pillars of the government would be called in near future to assess the overall situation of women and find permanent solutions to their problems.
Meanwhile, Hashimi said the legislative presidential decree on electoral reform would be published in the website of the Ministry of Justice and the national gazette by Sunday evening. The decree has been prepared and processed carefully and has been signed by the president, he added.
The Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) was formed on July 21 in compliance with a presidential decree. The commission collected public views regarding electoral reforms after a month-long hard work and compiled the suggestions in ten articles before submitting them to the government.
President Ashraf Ghani had decreed seven suggestions of the ERC and called for urgent measures to provide legal cover for the proposals approved.
Some of the major suggestions include registration of voters, making the election bodies accountable, the presence of two foreigners on the Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC), reservation of one seat at the Wolesi Jirga for Hindu minority, identification and shrinking of the constituencies.
Other proposals include distribution of the computerised identity cards, a 25 percent representation of women in provincial and district councils and invalidation of the current voter cards.

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