Discussion on election law’s reform held
Parliament’s State Structure Standing Committee and a working group drafting bills on presidential, parliamentary and local council elections held a discussion on October 25 at the State Palace.
Vice Speaker of Parliament L.EnkhAmgalan, and representatives from Parliament’s some standing committees, the General Election Commission (GEC), and political parties participated in the discussion.
During the discussion, senior official of the GEC’s Legal Department D.Bat-Erdene noted that all presidential elections before 2017 were organized under the Law on Presidential Election adopted by Parliament on February 15, 1993, and Parliament adopted a new Law on Elections in December 25, 2015.
The official stated that the 2017 presidential election was carried out in compliance with the Law on Elections, but the GEC received a lot of complaints from election commissions, political parties, voters, candidates and observers during the last presidential election.
D.Bat-Erdene emphasized that the 2017 presidential election showed that organizing all elections under a united law like the current Law on Elections is very hard because there are key differences between all the elections, this is why the current law should be separated into laws for elections of the legislature, president, and local councils.
Some representatives of political parties criticized Parliament for merging the former laws. They asked GEC representatives whether the commission believed that the consolidated Election Laws had loopholes and would create challenges before its adoption.
Head of the GEC Ch.Sodnomtseren said that since the beginning of the parliamentary processes for the current law, the commission was against the law, and the commission did not approve of it, which is why the GEC put forward a proposal to separate the Election Law into separate laws for the elections of the legislature, president, and local councils to Parliament.
The majority of the discussion’s attendees agreed to separate the law.
Representatives from the working group said that it will draft the new laws on elections after collecting feedback from political parties, former legislators, legal scholars, specialists, experienced lawyers and the public.
State Structure Standing Committee discussion in progress