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Parliament Approves Access To Information Law

Parliament Approves Access To Information Law
KABUL: The lower house of the Afghan parliament (Wolesi Jirga) has approved Access to Information Law with some amendments by a majority of votes today.
Ministry of Justice had sent the six-chapter Access to Information Law containing 32 articles to the Wolesi Jirga for approval in the middle of March this year.
The draft law was today presented at a general session of the Jirga by its commission for religious and cultural affairs. Commission’s head, Kamal Naser Ausoli informed the house that 18 different commissions of the Jirga had different opinions about the draft.
“Some commissions were demanding that the nine-member commission to oversee implementation of the Access to Information Law should be headed by the minister for Information and Culture since the said minister was answerable for these affairs to the Wolesi Jirga”, Ausoli said.
But some other commissions suggested that the head of the commission to oversee the Access to Information Law should be elected from within the commission. Finally, 96 out of 156 Wolesi Jirga members voted in favor of the idea to elect head for the commission among its members.
The commission to oversee the Access to Information Law was formed by members from the Ministry of Information and Culture, Ministry of Telecommunication, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Association of Lawyers, National Directorate of Security (NDS), Association of Defense Attorneys, and two representatives from the associations of journalists.
The draft for Social Support was also approved today by the house, which was tabled by the Commission for the Martyrs and People with disabilities. The commission’s head, Mohammad Akbari said that all commissions in Jirga have approved the three-chapter and 22-articles draft without any amendments.
“This draft was aimed to support widows and homeless women, people with disabilities, homeless orphans, beggars and poor people”, Akbari said. All 156 present members of the house voted for the approval of this draft.
The Wolesi Jirga Chairman, Abdur Raouf Ibrahimi said that both the drafts would soon be shared with the Meshrano Jira (upper house of the parliament) for approval. (Pajhwok)

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