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.

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FEFA's stand on parliament's deadlock related to the selection of Lower House speaker

Due to the numerous controversies in connection with the results of the parliamentary election, the 17th term of the parliament has eventually been inaugurated on April 26, with more than two months of delay. In order to compensate the two-month delay, this term of parliament was expected to immediately start working and, after electing the administrative board and its commissions, to classify their priorities and address the problems of the country and the people and carry out their own tasks, but now that One month after the grand opening of this term parliament, this important pillar of the three powers of the system has sunk into the ...

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Press Conference: FEFA shared it's parliamentary monitoring findings of the 14th session of parliament

FEFA held a press conference and presented its parliament monitoring findings of the 14th session on March 15th, 2017. The main pillars of FEFA findings include the number of meetings, quorum, legislative, oversight of government performance, representation and violations of the internal rule of procedure.
Similarly, in the other part of the conference, FEFA’s findings on the status of women in parliament were presented. Unfortunately, during the 14th session, the Afghanistan parliament has witnessed with serious downturns in relation to women's political rights. In the final section of the conference, FEFA proposed a package for parliamentary reforms.

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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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