Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloyev, the head of Tajikistan’s upper house (Majlisi Milli) of parliament, has signed a decision on convening the 19th session of the Majlisi Milli in Dushanbe on July 11.  

Majlisi Mill members will discuss 16 laws adopted by the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower house of parliament), including the law on the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda (CCER), an official source at the Majlisi Milli told Asia-Plus in an interview.

According to him, the session will also consider the law requiring amendments to the country’s laws on election of the resident and elections to the Majlisi Oli (Tajikistan’s parliament).

Recall, the Majlisi Namoyandagon on June 24 endorsed a bill on “The Central Commission for Elections ad Referenda” offered by the Government.  

The bill, in particular, prohibits members of the country’s central election commission from being members of political parties.

Besides, members of political parties also cannot be appointed to the district electoral commissions.  If they become members of the district electoral commission, they should suspend their membership in the political party.     

MP Jabbor Ahmadov (Majlisi Namoyandagon) considers that the law gives equal rights to political parties for participating in elections.  

In 2020, the parliamentary elections will take place in Tajikistan in the spring and the presidential elections will be held in the country in the autumn.   

Under Tajikistan’s legislation, the Majlisi Milli considers and seconds laws adopted by the Majlisi Namoyandagon.  The Majlisi Milli shall second the law by a majority of votes of the total number of its members.  In the event the Majlisi Milli doesn’t second the law, it shall be considered at the Majlisi Namoyandagon repeatedly.

If the Majlisi Namoyandagon does not agree with decision of the Majlisi Milli, the law shall be considered to be adopted if Majlisi Namoyandagon by not less than two-thirds of the votes confirms the decision previously adopted by it.

Only the Majlisi Namoyandagon shall adopt the Law on the State budget.  The Majlisi Namoyandagon shall control over execution of the budget.