Officials from the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, secretariat said that the new MPs will hold an election on Saturday to elect parliament speaker in absence of Kabul MPs.
The new lawmakers have set the election schedule amid Kabul elections results have not been announced and also parliamentary elections were not held in Ghazni province.
Rahimullah Ghalib, deputy head of parliament's secretariat said that morw than 10 lawmakers have nominated themselves for Saturday election.
Ghalib said the former MPs of Ghazni has the right to vote to the nominees on Saturday elections, but have not the right to be elected.
“Based on the previous agenda, Saturday was specified as the election day for parliament speaker and it will take place,” Ghalib said.
The parliament was inaugurated on April 26 after two months delay by President Ashraf Ghani and in that time results of five provinces, including Kabul, were not announced.
Since the inauguration of parliament, the new MPs only held two general sessions.
Meanwhile, a number of Kabul protesting candidates urged the MPs to postpone the speaker election until the Kabul polls results’ announcement and that Kabul MPs can also take part in the process.
Kabul’s share in parliament is 33 seats.
The candidates also urged the electoral bodies to maintain transparency in announcing the results.
“Parliament is incomplete without Kabul MPs and the MPs should wait until the fate of Kabul elections are cleared,” Lotfullah Quraishi, a protesting candidate said.
While on Thursday officials from the Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) said that 20 percent of Kabul elections result sheets are missing, but the election commission said Friday that now all the result sheets have been sent to the IECC.
IECC already has completed assessment of 80 percent of result sheets.
“It is two days that we are working on results and are trying to announce the results,” said Habib Rahman Nang, secretary head of the election commission.
Meanwhile, Wahid Farzaee, deputy head of Afghanistan’s Lawyers’ Union said holding parliament administrative board and speaker elections in absence of Kabul and Ghazni MPs are in contravention of the law.
“In absence of elected MPs elections can be done and there might be enough MPs for holding elections, but in absence of the (possible) MPs that are absent due to delay in announcement of the final results, I think it has legal problems,” Farzaee said.
Although over six months have been passed since October 20 and 21 parliamentary elections, the results of Kabul have not been announced.