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Cabinet Oks draft election law, proposing amendments

Cabinet Oks draft election law, proposing amendments

Aug 23, 2016 - 11:46

KABUL (Pajhwok): The cabinet has approved in principle a draft election law, underlining the imperative of a single-seat system at polling stations for the upcoming Wolesi Jirga polls.

At a meeting chaired by President Ashraf Ghani late on Monday, the election law was shared with the cabinet by 2nd Vice-President Sarwar Danish and head of the Research Committee.

Danish said the draft law was placed before the Council of Ministers after participants floated their suggestions about amendments and a full review based on international norms.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said that Ghani had tasked Danish with finalizing the draft law keeping in view cabinet suggestions.

In pastpresidential elections, there was only one polling station in the entire country. In parliamentary polls, each province had its own polling station.

However, under the single-seat election system, provinces are divided into polling stations based on their populations. At ach polling station, votes are cast only for candidatesfrom the relevant area.