Release date:: 2019/11/19 21:59
MP Hassan al-Khalati, the opposition parliamentary wise bloc, revealed important information about the draft elections law for the House of Representatives and the Electoral Commission.
Parliament completed its session on the evening of the first reading of the two bills.
Khalati said in a press statement, “The demands for political reforms and amendment of laws, including elections to the House of Representatives, a public demand and the supreme authority,” noting that “the draft law of parliamentary elections, new materials, including the promotion of individual lists and the adoption of the highest votes and reduce the number of deputies and determine the age of the candidate and the announcement of election results. Within 24 hours and other new materials and issues, the first reading of the law was not recorded and no objection in the first reading, but there is a difference of views in principle.
He explained that the difference was “on the article in the draft law, which needs a constitutional mandate and related to reducing members of parliament from 329 to 251 and will take the opinion of the Legal Committee and the Constitution Amendment Committee, and there is a proposal to be submitted to the popular referendum on the same day of elections.”
He pointed out that “the draft law of the Electoral Commission provides that the Commission is neutral and independent and not linked to the House of Representatives and nominate its members from the judiciary and the State Shura Council and universities and issued a presidential decree appointing them.”
He continued as the draft law “dissolve the current Board of Commissioners and Directors-General of the Commission and oblige the new Commission impartiality and complete independence and clarified in the data entry and obliged to announce the results within 24 hours.”