President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with a number of winning candidates of parliamentary elections on Wednesday said MPs’ presence in the Grand Consultative Jirga for Peace is necessary and that the parliament will be inaugurated on Friday.
The peace Jirga is scheduled for April 29 and that parliament will be inaugurated only a few days ahead of the Jirga.
The final results of the parliamentary elections for Kabul and four other provinces are yet to be announced by the Independent Election Commission.
“One of the reasons that I was in a hurry, and I thank you all, is that the active presence of the people’s representatives in the Grand Consultative Jirga is necessary,” Ghani said.
Based on the law, the parliament should have been inaugurated for new MPs on March 6, but the government could not inaugurate the parliament as the announcement of final results was delayed.
Chairperson of the Independent Election Commission, Hawa Alam Nuristani, at a press conference on Wednesday, issued credential letters to the winning MPs from 11 provinces.
“Our gathering shows the commitment of new commissioners to their jobs. They have been able to defend the people’s votes,” Nuristani said.
Some protesting candidates said inauguration of the parliament will be in contravention of the law and that they will not allow this to happen.
“We together with Kabul residents, who have voted in the parliamentary elections will gather in front of the parliament if the government implemented its decision to inaugurate the house,” said Khan Agha Rezaee, a protesting candidate from Kabul.