Dis­cus­sion on election law’s re­form held

The UB Post - - Politics - By T.BAYARBAT

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

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