The House of the People
or Wolesi Jirga
(), abbreviated WJ
, is the lower house
of the bicameral National Assembly
, alongside the House of Elders
The House of the People is the chamber that bears the greater burden of law making in the country, as with the House of Commons in the Westminster model. It consists of 249 delegates directly elected by single non-transferable vote
(SNTV). Members are elected by district and serve for five years. The constitution guarantees at least 64 delegates to be female. Kuchi
nomads elect 10 representatives through a Single National Constituency.
The House of the People has the primary responsibility for making and ratifying laws and approving the actions of the president. The first elections in decades were held only in September 2005, four years after the fall of the Muslim fundamentalist Taliban
regime, still under international (mainly UN and NATO) supervision.
The 2010 Wolesi Jirga elections
were held on September 18, 2010.
Members of parliament
Some current members of the Wolesi Jirga are:
Election September 2010
The next election of the members of the Wolesi Jirga is due on September 18, 2010. Originally these elections were planned to be held in May 2010, but after the disputed previous presidential election
, elections were postponed.
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