Afghan President Hamid Karzai approves election law

July 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 17 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday approved election commission formation, duties and authorities, Parliament Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said.

The Afghan parliament Monday approved the election law bill after several days of debate and controversy, Khaama Press reported.

The bill was approved by joint parliamentarian commissions and then sent to Karzai for endorsement, Ibrahimi said.

Asadulah Sadati, the head of the parliamentarian commission on election law, said the controversial parts of the bill involved the election of 10 nomad representatives, one representative of Hindus and Sikhs, and the number of women in provincial and district councils.

To resolve the issues, one dedicated seat for Hindus was eliminated and seats for nomads were approved. Twenty percent of provincial council seats were reserved for women, Sadati said.

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